This encyclopedia offers authoritative coverage of the concepts, traditions, events, and individuals that shaped United States' foreign relations from the American Revolution to the present.
The United States is often portrayed as country that gradually, even at times grudgingly, entered the realm of international diplomacy. But in fact, diplomatic alliances have been an essential component of the American story from the very beginning, when the young nation used its connections to bolster its revolutionary efforts, patch together a country out of a variety of foreign territories, and protect itself from its enemies.
Belligerents, Brinkmanship, and the Big Stick: A Historical Encyclopedia of American Diplomatic Concepts is the first comprehensive encyclopedic work to focus specifically on America’s extraordinary history of political engagement with the world. With hundreds of alphabetically organized entries and a rich collection of primary sources, it offers a unique way of understanding the centrality of diplomacy and the role of foreign relations throughout U.S. history.
The encyclopedia is divided into five chronological sections, each containing a brief introduction, topical entries, biographical portraits, and representative documents. It is designed to help readers gain a deeper understanding of both general ideas as well as specific policies like the Monroe Doctrine, the Open Door Policy, and Shuttle Diplomacy. By examining seminal events, important ideas, and individual contributions in the context of U.S. history, the encyclopedia reveals the underlying traditions and motivations of American foreign policy as it has evolved over time.
• Five chronologically arranged sections, each with an introduction that describes key events and relationships
• Over 200 chronological and alphabetic listings of major concepts and events in the history of American foreign relations as well as brief biographical entries on individuals who made major diplomatic contributions
• Excerpts from a number of key foreign policy documents, statements, and treaties that relate to the subject and individual entries
• Maps Illustrating the results of various treaties and international agreements as well as photographs and illustrations of key individuals and events
• Bibliographic listings of print and online resources for each entry, enabling readers to explore topics further
• A comprehensive index plus alphebetical and subject area listings of entries in each section
• Illustrates the evolution of American foreign policy and its central role in the nation's development from the American Revolution to the present
• Allows the reader to understand underlying traditions and motivations in diplomatic policies that evolved over time
• Focuses on seminal events and ideas as well as individuals who made particular contributions within the broader context of history