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By Jeffrey A. Engel

How should still the United States wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? may still it adhere to grand rules or act on slim self-interest? may still it accomplice with different countries or stay away from entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those through the nation's heritage, and particularly because the emergence of the U.S. as an important international energy within the past due 19th century. America within the World illuminates this heritage by means of shooting the various voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those who participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this distinct reader collects greater than 200 documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and tune lyrics. It encompasses numerous levels of yank diplomatic heritage which are in most cases handled individually, similar to the 1st global struggle, the chilly struggle, and Sept. 11. The ebook provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of nation, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative types of american citizens, equivalent to newspaper columnists, monks, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally beneficial properties quite a few files from different nations, illustrating how foreigners considered America's function within the world.

Ideal for school room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the complicated interaction of political, monetary, ideological, and cultural elements underlying the workout of yankee strength at the worldwide stage.

  • Includes greater than 2 hundred files from the past due 19th century to today
  • Looks at every thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and music lyrics
  • Presents different views, from elite policymakers to priests and novelists
  • Features files from outdoors the us, illustrating how humans in different nations seen America's function within the world

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We would no longer possess the inestimable privilege of being stronger and more secure than any other nation without a large and costly armament. Hawaii, or whatever other outlying domain, would be our Achilles’ heel…. It is said that we need a large navy in any case for the protection of our commerce, and that if we have it for this purpose it may at the same time serve for the protection of outlying National domains without much extra expense…. Our commerce is not threatened by anybody or anything, unless it be the competition of other nations and the errors of our own commercial policy; and against these influences warships avail nothing.

We are the only one that is not in any of its parts threatened by powerful neighbors; the only one not under any necessity of keeping up a large armament either on land or water for the security of its possessions; the only one that can turn all the energies of its population to productive employment; the only one that has an entirely free hand. This is a blessing for which the American people can never be too thankful. It should not be lightly jeoparded…. Seeing the impossibility, under existing conditions, of striking against us a quick blow that would have any decisive consequences, and seeing also that a war carried on upon our own ground would, owing to our unlimited staying power, be practically a war without end, and present chances of combinations most dangerous to them—recognizing these obvious facts, all those powers will be naturally disposed to go to the extreme of honorable concession in order to avoid hostilities with the United States.

But the book also contains non-American documents from earlier and later periods. S. behavior by revealing what foreign observers, as well as Americans, thought about it. S. foreign policy generated a tremendous amount of comment abroad during the American century. 5 In 2004, for example, during a presidential election that many believed would shape the fate of the entire world, the Guardian, one of Britain’s major daily newspapers, wrote that non-Americans felt “increasingly helpless” at not having a say over the outcome.

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