Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913 presents a straightforward, balanced, and comprehensive history of American international relations from the American Revolution to 1913. Howard Jones demonstrates the complexities of the decision-making process that led to the rise and decline of the United States (relative to the ascent of other nations) in world power status. Howard Jones focuses on the personalities, security interests, and expansionist tendencies behind the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and highlights the intimate relationship between foreign and domestic policy. This updated edition includes revisions and additions aimed at making the book more attractive to students, teachers, and general readers.
Howard Jones is Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama. A recipient of both the John F. Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching and research and the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, he teaches courses in American foreign relations and the U.S.-Vietnam War.
Chapter 1: The Revolutionary Beginnings of American Foreign Policy, 1775-1789 Chapter 2: The Federalist Era and the Wars of the French Revolution, 1789-1801 Chapter 3: Jeffersonian Diplomacy, 1801-1809 Chapter 4: The War of 1812 and the Completion of American Independence, 1809-1817 Chapter 5: The Diplomacy of Hemispheric Order, 1817-1825 Chapter 6: To the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, 1825-1842 Chapter 7: Destiny and Annexation: Oregon, Texas, and the Mexican War, 1842-1848 Chapter 8: Between the Wars, 1848-1861: Young America and the Paradox of Slavery and Freedom Chapter 9: The Civil War, 1861-1865 Chapter 10: Prelude to American Imperialism, 1865-1897 Chapter 11: U.S. Imperialism and the New Manifest Destiny, 1897-1900 Chapter 12: Theodore Roosevelt and the Search for World Order, 1900-1913