The American Century and Beyond: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1893-2014

The American Century and Beyond: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1893-2014

In his last years as president of the United States, an embattled George Washington yearned for a time when his nation would have "the strength of a Giant and there will be none who can make us afraid." At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States seemed poised to achieve a position of world power beyond what even Washington could have imagined.

In The American Century and Beyond: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1893-2014, the second volume of a new split paperback edition of the award-winning From Colony to Superpower, George C. Herring recounts the rise of the United States from the dawn of what came to be known as the American Century. This fast-paced narrative tells a story of stunning successes and tragic failures, illuminating the central importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation. Herring shows how policymakers defined American interests broadly to include territorial expansion, access to growing markets, and the spread of the "American way of life." He recounts the United States' domination of the Caribbean and Pacific, its decisive involvement in two world wars, and the eventual victory in the half-century Cold War that left it, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world's lone superpower.

But the unipolar moment turned out to be stunningly brief. Since the turn of the twenty-first century, conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the emergence of nations such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China have left the United States in a position that is uncertain at best. A new chapter brings Herring's sweeping narrative up through the Global War on Terror to the present.

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  • Brian Hutzell

    Like the other volumes in the Oxford History of the United States, this book is engaging and informative. Unfortunately, it contains some editorial errors that are impossible to ignore. Most inexplica...

  • Marc

    A necessary summary for anyone taking International Relations, History or Politics seriously. Like most books rushing through numerous major events (ex Spanish War, Panama Canal, WWI and II, forming U...

  • Eric

    Herring's work is unique so far in the Oxford History of the Unite States for its broad time-period and focused interest in one sphere. While this book is not fully satisfying in balancing out the com...

  • Claire Webb

    I learned so much from this book! However, the author frequently expressed his opinions as historical facts, which bothered me and made me feel like I was learning only one man’s view. I know true o...

  • Meg

    This was a great read and I learned a lot. This is an essential for history majors. ...

  • Terry Tucker

    A SurveyAlthough this book is packed with detail, it is so as a result of the authors extensive use of secondary sources. I was also very bored with the writing style by chapter 3. I struggled to fini...