By Jeffrey A. Engel

How may still the USA wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? may still it adhere to grand ideas or act on slim self-interest? may still it accomplice with different international locations or stay away from entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those in the course of the nation's heritage, and particularly because the emergence of the us as an immense global energy within the overdue 19th century. America within the World illuminates this background by way of shooting the varied voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those that participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this designated reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and tune lyrics. It encompasses quite a few stages of yankee diplomatic historical past which are often handled individually, equivalent to the 1st international warfare, the chilly battle, and 11th of September. The ebook provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of kingdom, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative types of american citizens, equivalent to newspaper columnists, monks, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally good points a variety of records from different international locations, illustrating how foreigners seen America's function within the world.

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

  • Includes greater than 2 hundred records from the overdue 19th century to today
  • Looks at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and music lyrics
  • Presents different views, from elite policymakers to monks and novelists
  • Features records from outdoor the USA, illustrating how humans in different international locations seen America's function within the world

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In fact, the American century’s origins lie farther back, in the late nineteenth century, when the nation’s unprecedented industrial growth enabled its leaders to play a world role. World War II may have marked the culmination of America’s rise as a global superpower, but the process began much earlier. Our book charts this process, one of world-historical importance, through an examination of the documentary record. Surveying what might be called the “long” American century, it examines the career of the United States as a world power from the 1890s to the first decade of the twenty-first century.

This advantage will be very essentially impaired if we present to a possible enemy a vulnerable point of attack which we have to defend, but cannot defend without going out of our impregnable stronghold, away from the seat of our power, to fight on ground on which the enemy may appear in superior strength, and have the conditions in his favor…. Attempts of the enemy to gain an important advantage by a sudden stroke, which would be entirely harmless if made on our continental stronghold, might have an excellent chance of success if made on our distant insular possession, and then the whole war could be made to turn upon that point, where the enemy might concentrate his forces as easily as we, or even more easily, and be our superior on the decisive field of operations.

This race very anciently attained a comparatively high degree of civilization, and founded a powerful monarchy in China. They have, however, contributed little to the progress of mankind in general, owing to their isolation, their jealousy of foreign nations, and the policy of non-intercourse so rigidly observed by them even to the present time…. The Negro Race have, by themselves, made only the first steps in civilization, and the great mass are still in the savage state. Where they have been brought under the influence of cultured nations, however, they have shown themselves capable of a high degree of progress….

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