American Foreign Relations since 1600

A Guide to the Literature, Second Edition

by Robert L. Beisner, Editor
Kurt W. Hanson, Assistant Editor


Born of revolution but destined for empire. A nation of immigrants isolated by two great oceans. America's relations with the rest of the world have always been complex and contradictory, a fact exhaustively chronicled by historians. This thorough two-volume bibliography surveys the vast historiography of 400 years of American foreign relations.

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June 2003


Pages 2065
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics American History/General
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A thorough update of the standard bibliography of American foreign relations literature from colonial times to the present day.

America has formed alliances, exchanged diplomats, traded goods and services, and fought wars with nations on every continent but Antarctica. And people have written books, articles, reports, and papers by the thousands on these subjects.

In American Foreign Relations since 1600, the 2002 president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Robert Beisner, has worked with members of SHAFR to compile the most exhaustive survey of writing on American foreign relations ever published. Covering 400 years of American history, his team of editors—all top experts in the field—have referenced and annotated nearly 20,000 published and nonpublished works. It's all here, from the Mayflower Compact to the My Lai massacre, from the War of 1812 to the war on terrorism, from the pre-Revolutionary era to the post-Cold War world.


  • Nearly 20,000 fully annotated bibliographical entries on topics such as the Mexican Revolution, pan-Americanism, wartime diplomacy, the German threat, and more
  • A preface clearly outlining the updated features of the book
  • Three analytical indexes to guide users to entry information, contributors, and significant individuals
  • Biographical studies on individuals such as John Barrett, William Jennings Bryan, and Theodore Roosevelt


  • Covers published and unpublished sources
  • Compiled by leading experts in the field
  • Includes special sections in each chapter on bibliographical, historiographic, and biographical sources
  • Explores nontraditional aspects of the history of foreign relations
Author Info

Robert L. Beisner is the 2002 president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the author of numerous titles on U.S. foreign policy history.

Kurt W. Hanson is a doctoral candidate at American University in Washington, DC, whose work focuses on ideologies of imperialism.



"[I]mpressive result extends coverage backward an additional 100 years and almost doubles the number of entries . . . This is an excellent book; imaginative users will find ways to apply these listings to a wide variety of projects, and the price is a screaming bargain. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"This two-volume set continues and builds on scholarly efforts . . . includes over 16,000 entries compared to the 9,000 of the prior edition . . . Beisner and his contributors deserve a great deal of credit for their scholarly dedication in producing this very impressive work. American Foreign Relations since 1600 is an essential addition to academic libraries supporting courses in the history of American foreign policy and foreign relations. Many individual scholars, feeling that they have struck gold, will be adding it to their personal collections."—Against the Grain

"[M]akes an important contribution to the historiography of US foreign relations . . . This edition is distinguished by updated material and some 7,000 new entries . . . Graduate students of history and scholars of U.S. diplomatic history will find it indispensable. Highly recommended."—Choice

"This is an essential work for all academic libraries."—American Reference Books Annual


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