The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 4, Challenges to American Primacy, 1945 to the Present

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Since their first publication, the four volumes of the Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations have served as the definitive source for the topic, from the colonial period to the Cold War. The fourth volume of the updated edition explores the conditions in the international system at the end of World War II, the American determination to provide leadership, and the security dilemma each superpower posed for the other. This revised and expanded edition incorporates recent scholarship and revelations, carrying the narrative through the years following the end of the Cold War into the administration of Barack Obama. The character of the American political system is explored, including the separation of political powers and the role of interest groups that prompted American leaders to exaggerate dangers abroad to enhance their domestic power. This new edition examines the conditions in the international system from the end of World War II to the present, focusing on the American determination to provide world leadership.
  • Cambridge University Press; May 2013
  • ISBN 9781316169179
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  • Title: The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 4, Challenges to American Primacy, 1945 to the Present
  • Author: Warren I. Cohen
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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'Warren I. Cohen qualifies as the dean of America's diplomatic historians. In this brilliant new volume, he brings to bear all his experience, perspective, and extraordinary insight to describe America's struggles for primacy in the world over the past seven decades. This book is a remarkable achievement.' James Mann, The Johns Hopkins University