This comprehensive guide provides an in-depth, chronological overview of issues and policy processes related to U.S. foreign, military, and national security policy during the 20th century.
Foreign policy and security are at the core of a nation’s very existence, determining its role in the world and often influencing domestic affairs. How did U.S. foreign policy develop and evolve during the all-important 20th century? Who were the players who shaped, not only the United States, but the world in which we now live?
U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security: Chronology and Index for the 20th Century provides a unique compilation of data never before combined in a single volume. Key events and policy meetings are arranged in order by presidential administration, from the McKinley administration to that of President Obama. Each section begins with a concise list of policymakers, including Cabinet-level officials, members of the National Security Council, and senior ranks of the Department of State and Department of Defense, supplemented with bibliographic data.
The bulk of each chapter is comprised of detailed lists of meetings of the president of the United States with key advisors and foreign dignitaries. These meetings include international conferences, meetings between the president and foreign leaders, meetings of the joint chiefs of staff in World War II, and meetings of the National Security Council since its creation in 1947. This unprecedented guide will be invaluable to researchers and, indeed, to anyone interested in the decisions that determined the course of U.S. history.
• Includes lists of National Intelligence Estimates produced by the Central Intelligence Agency on the Soviet threat during the Cold War
• Provides unique tables of key policymakers one and two levels below Cabinet members
• Offers a comprehensive appendix containing brief biographical data of all the figures listed in the guide
• Includes numerous cross-references to the Department of State's Foreign Relations of the United States
• Brings together policymakers with the policy process in a manner that combines the best features of chronological and bibliographic guides
• Bridges an important gap between foreign policy document collections, biographical encyclopedias, and encyclopedias of foreign policy
• Offers numerous foreign policy-related meeting lists, such as a comprehensive list of the meetings of the National Security Council during the Cold War, in a single volume