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. This third volume of the updated edition describes how the United States became a global power - economically, culturally and militarily - during the period from 1913 to 1945, from the inception of Woodrow Wilson's presidency to the end of the Second World War. The author also discusses global transformations, from the period of the First World War through the 1920s when efforts were made to restore the world economy and to establish a new international order, followed by the disastrous years of depression and war during the 1930s, to the end of the Second World War. Throughout the book, themes of Americanisation of the world and the transformation of the United States provide the background for understanding the emergence of a trans-national world in the second half of the twentieth century.
Akira Iriye is Charles Warren Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the author of Global Community: The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (2002), Cultural Imperialism and World Order (1998), China and Japan in the Global Setting (1993), Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War 1941-1945 (1981), Pacific Estrangement: Japanese and American Expansion, 1897-1911 (1972), Across the Pacific: An Inner History of American-East Asian Relations (1967) and After Imperialism: The Search for a New Order in the Far East, 1921-1931 (1965).
1. The age of European domination; 2. The Great War and American neutrality; 3. The United States at war; 4. The Versailles peace; 5. The 1920s: the security aspect; 6. The 1920s: the economic aspect; 7. The 1920s: the cultural aspect; 8. The collapse of international order; 9. Totalitarianism and the survival of democracy; 10. The emergence of geopolitics; 11. The road to Pearl Harbor; 12. The global conflict.