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American Foreign Policy Since World War II
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American Foreign Policy Since World War II

Twenty-Second Edition


January 2024 | 448 pages | CQ Press
Now in its Twenty-Second Edition, Hook, Spanier, and Grove’s American Foreign Policy Since World War II has long set the standard in guiding students through the complexities of American foreign policy. The text introduces students to the American “style” of foreign policy, imbued with a distinct sense of national exceptionalism. By giving students the historical context they need, this book allows them to truly grasp the functions and dysfunctions of the nation’s foreign policy agenda with historical insight into modern policy context.
 
Chapter 1 The American Approach to Foreign Policy
 
Part I The Cold War
 
Chapter 2 From World War to Cold War
 
Chapter 3 Containment: From Theory to Practice
 
Chapter 4 North-South Tensions and the Vietnam War
 
Chapter 5 Détente and World-Order Politics
 
Chapter 6 Breakthroughs in the Superpower Struggle
 
Chapter 7 The End of the Cold War
 
Part II The New World “Disorder”
 
Chapter 8 Old Tensions in a New Order
 
Chapter 9 The Shifting European Landscape
 
Chapter 10 America under Fire
 
Chapter 11 Hot Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
 
Chapter 12 Aftershocks of the Arab Spring
 
Chapter 13 The Revival of Power Politics
 
Chapter 14 Traditional vs. Transnational: Can the U.S. Balance Interests in the 21st Century?
 
Appendix A: U.S. Administrations since World War II
 
Appendix B: Chronology of Significant Events, 1945–2023
 
Appendix C: Select Bibliography
 
Appendix D: Select Websites
 
Appendix E: Select Blogs on American Foreign Policy

"This book offers a thorough and well-written account of US foreign policy in the post-WWII era. It is the most comprehensive work I have found on the subject and is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a detailed account of American behavior in the world in the last century."

Timothy J. A. Passmore
The University of Colorado Boulder