From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776

From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776

The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation in print. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize-winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of prestigious Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. From Colony to Superpower is the only thematic volume commissioned for the series. Here George C. Herring uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from thirteen disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.

A sweeping account of United States' foreign relations and diplomacy, this magisterial volume documents America's interaction with other peoples and nations of the world. Herring tells a story of stunning successes and sometimes tragic failures, captured in a fast-paced narrative that illuminates the central importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation, and highlights its ongoing impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. He shows how policymakers defined American interests broadly to include territorial expansion, access to growing markets, and the spread of an "American way" of life. And Herring does all this in a story rich in human drama and filled with epic events. Statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin and Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman and Dean Acheson played key roles in America's rise to world power. But America's expansion as a nation also owes much to the adventurers and explorers, the sea captains, merchants and captains of industry, the missionaries and diplomats, who discovered or charted new lands, developed new avenues of commerce, and established and defended the nation's interests in foreign lands.

From the American Revolution to the fifty-year struggle with communism and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, From Colony to Superpower tells the dramatic story of America's emergence as superpower--its birth in revolution, its troubled present, and its uncertain future.

Title:From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780195078220
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  • Tripp

    Well, I wrapped up the epic From Colony to Superpower, George Herring's epic one volume history of American Foreign Policy. It is a the only thematic book in the Oxford History of the United States. I...

  • Robin Friedman

    A Grand Overview Of United States Foreign RelationsThis new volume of the Oxford History of the United States tells the story of the foreign relations of the United States from its inception in 1776 t...

  • Avani

    A fascinating an in-depth look at America's history and growth.Warning: Do not read more than a chapter at a time, otherwise it becomes nearly impossible to actually absorb and enjoy....

  • Nathan

    George Herring deserves recognition for this book If for no other reason than lauding the scope and ambition of his subject matter. In ÔÇťFrom Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1786,Ô...

  • Cat

    We've got a presidential election coming up. I thought it might be a good time to take a run through the entire history of United States foreign policy. And what better way to do so then the forthcomi...

  • Mark

    Americans have long preferred to ignore events beyond the borders of their country. Yet to adopt such an attitude, as George Herring contends in this book, is to ignore a key element of the national e...

  • Bob H

    A brilliant summary of America's interactions with the outside world, beginning with Benjamin Franklin's mid-Revolutionary alliance with France. I had not appreciated the contributions our mission to ...

  • Ryan

    This book is exactly what I had hoped it would be. I had initially anticipated that an Oxford history of American Foreign Relations would be the straight man to Howard Zinn's American history rapscall...

  • Rebecca

    From a layperson's point of view, I found this book adequately interesting (though at times, tedious) and overall, helpful and informative. It covers precisely what it says it will, the U.S. Foreign p...

  • Brian

    From Colony to Superpower provides an overview of United States Foreign Relations from 1776 to the Post 9/11 period looking at not only the events that happened but their paradigm shifts in diplomatic...