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By Jonathan M. Nielson

ISBN-10: 0275967697

ISBN-13: 9780275967697

In America's international affairs there was a fragile stability among frequently conflicting imperatives of pursuits, beliefs, and gear. How those imperatives have intersected to form the constellation of yankee overseas coverage judgements in the course of the nation's background and, certainly, how they've got served to boost or subvert attainment of America's neighborhood, hemispheric and international objectives, is the topic of this learn. This choice of essays explores seminal judgements in American overseas coverage and diplomatic background, from the early nationwide interval to the Vietnam struggle, every one of which proved to be a turning aspect, after which asks readers to think about substitute futures established upon assorted classes of motion. Nielson underscores how historical past might, and maybe should, were different.

U.S. overseas coverage has in huge degree been contingent upon judgements made by way of contributors in positions of strength. Their personalities, characters, and assumptions approximately accountability and America's position on the planet have uniquely formed coverage offerings and, hence, the process international affairs, for larger or worse. This booklet hopes to teach that heritage is ever fluid, unpredictable, and troublesome. it's going to supplement conventional texts as a what if counterpoint to be able to stimulate curiosity in and hypothesis approximately management roles, nationwide curiosity, and determination making in international policy.

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