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Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 (Hist of the USA) (v. 8)


Publisher:Penguin Books



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SUB-TITLE: American Foreign Policy since 1938. BOOK NUMBER: A1247. SYNOPSIS: Rise to Globalism offers a searching review of American foreign policy between 1938 and 1970. American involvement in World War II, the Cold War, the Korean conflict, the Berlin crisis, the invasion of Cuba, and the war in Vietnam are among the events that Professor Ambrose surveys as he relates them to the larger themes of America's rise to, and maintenance of, her enormous global power. Yet going far beneath these vast currents, he looks at traits of the American character - economic aggressiveness, racism, fear of communism - and shows how they have helped shape the nation's foreign policy. It is this probing beneath the surface of history that makes Rise to Globalism a uniquely valuable work. Rise to Globalism is the concluding volume of The Pelican History of the United States, an eight-volume series covering American history from colonial times to the present. Specially commissioned by Penguin Books, these volumes aim to revive the excitement of the past without romanticizing it. In achieving this goal, they transcend events to impart an understanding of each epoch and of its contribution to the making of contemporary America. Stephen E. Ambrose was born in Decatur, Illinois, in 1936. In 1956 he was graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He continued his education at Louisiana State University and, again, at the University of Wisconsin, receiving his Ph.D. in 1963. Formerly Eisenhower Professor of War and Peace at Kansas State University, he is currently Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. His already published books include a history of West Point and studies of Lincoln and Eisenhower. Among his hobbies Professor Ambrose counts organic gardening, duck hunting and woodworking.

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