A Companion to American Foreign Relations by Robert Schulzinger

By Robert Schulzinger

This can be an authoritative quantity of historiographical essays that survey the country of U.S. diplomatic background. The essays hide the full diversity of the historical past of yank international family members from the colonial interval to the current. They speak about the foremost assets and research the main influential books and articles within the box.

  • Includes discussions of recent methodological ways in diplomatic history.

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In answer to Thomas Paterson’s call that historians “have a responsibility to combat the American public’s ignorance about US foreign relations,” studies of {Page:25} 26 SUSAN BREWER culture and foreign relations can make a real contribution (Paterson 1991: 53). People often look upon the subject of foreign relations as boring, serious, and important and therefore having nothing to do with them. As historians have pointed out, this response has been encouraged. For example, here is columnist Walter Lippmann on British economist John Maynard Keynes’ plan regarding negotiations in Washington over Anglo-American wartime economic policies: “Keynes told me last night that he wanted to keep the whole subject dull and important, so that the general public will accept the views of the experts on their authority, rather than try to understand them and form an independent judgment” (Brewer 1997: 219).

Traveling north, muralist Diego Rivera found beauty in American factories and technology even as he pointed out how workers suffered dehumanizing conditions. Dennis Merrill reminds us that mass tourism is theater, “a dramatic and comedic play in which hosts and guests alike display their self-importance and choreograph their responses to cultural modernity”(Merrill 2001: 212). Appealing to middle- and upper-class American visitors who they saw as potential investors, Puerto Rican officials carefully created an image of an island that preserved the gracious traditions of the past with the amenities of modern life.

Worldwide movements promoting religion, the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, the preservation of art, health, the environment, peace, and security engage historians of culture and US foreign relations. Increasingly taught on college campuses, world history covers movements of people, plants, diseases, information, technology, capital, and culture. International organizations such as the League of Nations’ Committee on Intellectual Cooperation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sponsored cultural programs to promote better understanding among nations.

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