This book provides a compact history of the gradual development of the US into a great power. Most histories of US foreign policy and development concentrate either on economic growth or on relations with the major powers outside the continental United States. This book, however, emphasizes the longstanding conflict between the US and the American Indians and Mexico, and how the development of the United States as a great power depended primarily on its seizure of large areas of land from their previous inhabitants. Covering Christopher Columbus' famous voyage and US colonial policy up to World War II, the book explains (at times controversially) how the US became a large land area, which proved to be an indispensable tool in its becoming a great power.
Purposes of Foreign Policy; Historical Background; The Balance of Power and the Revolution; The Revolutionary War; Early Policy, Looking East; 1815-1890 to Our East; West of the Appalachians: The Early Period; More on the West; European Empires; Since 1890: The Modern Period; World War I; Between the Wars; World War II; The United States after 1890; More on World War II; Appendix: China.