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Presidents, diplomats, and other mortals : essays Honoring Robert H. Ferrell /
edited by J. Garry Clifford and Theodore A. Wilson.
imprint
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007.
description
x, 350 p.
ISBN
0826217478 (alk. paper), 9780826217479 (alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007.
isbn
0826217478 (alk. paper)
9780826217479 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6163375
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The contributors to this text provide analytical narratives of how and why policies were devised and implemented that would determine the place of the United States in the international arena since the 1860s.
Long Description
From Abraham Lincoln's stance on international slavery to George W. Bush's incursions on the world stage, American presidents and other leaders have taken decisive actions to shape our country's foreign policy. This new collection of essays provides analytical narratives of how and why policies were devised and implemented that would determine the place of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present. Showing what individuals do--or choose not to do--is central to understanding diplomacy in peace and war. These writings examine presidents and other diplomats at their best and worst in the practice of statecraft. They take on issues ranging from America's economic expansion abroad to the relations of democracies with authoritarian leaders and rogue nations to advocacy of such concepts as internationalism, unilateralism, nation-building, and regime change. In so doing, they take readers on a virtual tour of American diplomatic history, tracing the ideas and actions of individuals in shaping our foreign policy, whether George F. Kennan as author of Soviet containment or Ronald Reagan as progenitor of "Star Wars." The essays range over a variety of scenarios to depict leaders coming to grips with real-world situations. They offer original views on such topics as American diplomacy toward Nicaragua, origins of U.S. attitudes toward Russia and the Soviet Union, FDR's idiosyncratic approach to statecraft, and food diplomacy as practiced by LBJ and Richard Nixon. And in considering post--Cold War crises, they address Bill Clinton's military interventions, George W. Bush's war against Iraq, and the half-century background to the current nuclear standoff with Iran.Additional articles pay tribute to the outstanding career of Robert H. Ferrell as a scholar and teacher. Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals is both a collection of compelling historical studies and an overarching case study of the role of individuals in foreign policymaking and an insightful review of some of history's most important moments. Taken together, these essays provide a fitting tribute to Ferrell, the trailblazing scholar in whose honor the book was written.
Library of Congress Summary
"Examining the role of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present, these essays in honor of Robert H. Ferrell consider presidents from Lincoln to Bush, as well as the success or failure of diplomatic efforts in Russia, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
From Abraham Lincoln's stance on international slavery to George W. Bush's incursions on the world stage, American presidents and other leaders have taken decisive actions to shape our country's foreign policy. This new collection of essays provides analytical narratives of how and why policies were devised and implemented that would determine the place of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present.Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortalsis both a collection of compelling historical studies and an overarching case study of the role of individuals in foreign policymaking and an insightful review of some of history's most important moments. Taken together, these essays provide a fitting tribute to Robert H. Ferrell, the trailblazing scholar in whose honor the book was written.
Main Description
From Abraham Lincoln's stance on international slavery to George W. Bush's incursions on the world stage, American presidents and other leaders have taken decisive actions to shape our country's foreign policy. This new collection of essays provides analytical narratives of how and why policies were devised and implemented that would determine the place of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present. Showing what individuals do-or choose not to do-is central to understanding diplomacy in peace and war. These writings-by such prominent historians as Terry H. Anderson and Eugene P. Trani-examine presidents and other diplomats at their best and worst in the practice of statecraft. They take on issues ranging from America's economic expansion abroad to the relations of democracies with authoritarian leaders and rogue nations to advocacy of such concepts as internationalism, unilateralism, nation building, and regime change. In so doing, they take readers on a virtual tour of American diplomatic history, tracing the ideas and actions of individuals in shaping our foreign policy, whether George F. Kennan as author of Soviet containment or Ronald Reagan as progenitor of "Star Wars." The essays range over a variety of scenarios to depict leaders coming to grips with real-world situations. They offer original views on such topics as American diplomacy toward Nicaragua, origins of U.S. attitudes toward Russia and the Soviet Union, FDR's idiosyncratic approach to statecraft, and food diplomacy as practiced by LBJ and Richard Nixon. And in considering postCold War crises, they address Bill Clinton's military interventions, George W. Bush's war against Iraq, and the half-century background to the current nuclear standoff with Iran. Additional articles pay tribute to the outstanding career of Robert H. Ferrell as a scholar and teacher. Throughout the volume, the authors seek to exemplify the scholarly standards of narrative diplomatic history espoused by Robert Ferrell-especially the notion that historians should attempt to explain fully the circumstances, opportunities, and pressures that influence foreign policy decisions while remembering that historical actors cannot with certainty predict the outcomes of their actions. Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals is both a collection of compelling historical studies and an overarching case study of the role of individuals in foreign policy making and an insightful review of some of history's most important moments. Taken together, these essays provide a fitting tribute to Ferrell, the trailblazing scholar in whose honor the book was written.
Main Description
From Abraham Lincoln’s stance on international slavery to George W. Bush’s incursions on the world stage, American presidents and other leaders have taken decisive actions to shape our country’s foreign policy. This new collection of essays provides analytical narratives of how and why policies were devised and implemented that would determine the place of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present. Showing what individuals do-or choose not to do-is central to understanding diplomacy in peace and war. These writings-by such prominent historians as Terry H. Anderson and Eugene P. Trani-examine presidents and other diplomats at their best and worst in the practice of statecraft. They take on issues ranging from America’s economic expansion abroad to the relations of democracies with authoritarian leaders and rogue nations to advocacy of such concepts as internationalism, unilateralism, nation building, and regime change. In so doing, they take readers on a virtual tour of American diplomatic history, tracing the ideas and actions of individuals in shaping our foreign policy, whether George F. Kennan as author of Soviet containment or Ronald Reagan as progenitor of “Star Wars.” The essays range over a variety of scenarios to depict leaders coming to grips with real-world situations. They offer original views on such topics as American diplomacy toward Nicaragua, origins of U.S. attitudes toward Russia and the Soviet Union, FDR’s idiosyncratic approach to statecraft, and food diplomacy as practiced by LBJ and Richard Nixon. And in considering post–Cold War crises, they address Bill Clinton’s military interventions, George W. Bush’s war against Iraq, and the half-century background to the current nuclear standoff with Iran. Additional articles pay tribute to the outstanding career of Robert H. Ferrell as a scholar and teacher. Throughout the volume, the authors seek to exemplify the scholarly standards of narrative diplomatic history espoused by Robert Ferrell-especially the notion that historians should attempt to explain fully the circumstances, opportunities, and pressures that influence foreign policy decisions while remembering that historical actors cannot with certainty predict the outcomes of their actions. Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals is both a collection of compelling historical studies and an overarching case study of the role of individuals in foreign policy making and an insightful review of some of history’s most important moments. Taken together, these essays provide a fitting tribute to Ferrell, the trailblazing scholar in whose honor the book was written.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Individuals, Narratives, and Diplomatic Historyp. 1
A Nineteenth-Century Icon
Toward a More Perfect Union: Lincoln and the Death of Slaveryp. 15
Early Twentieth Century
A Tale of Two Kennans: American-Russian Relations in the Twentieth Centuryp. 31
Our Man in Managua: Lawrence Dennis and the 1926 Nicaraguan Crisisp. 56
A Friendly Problem: Washington's Assessment of Anastasio Somoza Garciap. 71
FDR: The Sphinx
Blundering on the Brink, 1941: FDR and the 203-202 Vote Reconsideredp. 99
America and Saudi Arabia, Act I: The Conference of Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Ibn Saud in February 1945p. 116
From Eisenhower to Reagan
Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and the U-2 Affair: A Forty-Six-Year Retrospectivep. 137
Lyndon Johnson, Dean Rusk, and the China Questionp. 154
Scenes of Disaster: Johnson, Nixon, and the Dramatic Uses of Faminep. 174
Washington and Doha: The Beginnings, 1971-1974p. 189
Cinema and National Defense: Another Look at Ronald Reagan and Hollywoodp. 208
Background of Post-Cold War Crises
Revisionism: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the Origins of the Iraq Warp. 231
Crisis without End: The United States and Iran from Truman to Bushp. 250
Clinton's Wilsonian Military Interventions: A Critiquep. 264
Harry S. Truman, George W. Bush, and the Perils of Regime Changep. 281
Robert H. Ferrell, Teacher and Scholar
The Young Bob Ferrell: From Yale to Indianap. 307
Robert H. Ferrell: An Appreciationp. 316
Robert H. Ferrell's Ph.D. Studentsp. 327
About the Contributorsp. 331
Indexp. 335
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