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American Foreign Policy Since World War II 21ed (ISE)

by Steven W Hook and John Winston Spanier SAGE Publications, Inc
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Pbk 472 pages
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The classic text on American foreign policy, Hook and Spanier's American Foreign Policy since World War II has long set the standard in guiding students through the complexities of the field. With each new edition, the authors find that new developments in foreign policy conform to their overarching theme - that there is an American "style" of foreign policy imbued with a distinct sense of national exceptionalism. This twenty-first edition has streamlined two chapters into one and closes with two new chapters that address the aftershocks of the Arab Spring and the revival of power politics. Additionally, an entirely new chapter discusses the implications of a changing American policy under the Trump presidency. By giving students the historical context they need, this book allows them to truly grasp the functions and frequent dysfunctions of the nation's foreign policy agenda with historical insight into modern policy context.


  Chapter 1 The American Approach to Foreign Policy

Learning from Experience

The Roots of American Primacy

Destiny and Moral Mission

A Skeptical View of Power Politics

U.S. Exceptionalism and Exceptions  

Part I: The Cold War

  Chapter 2 From World War to Cold War

American Wartime Illusions

The Russo-Soviet Approach to Foreign Policy

Soviet Expansion after World War II

The Strategy of Containment

Declaring Cold War: The Truman Doctrine   Chapter 3 Containment: From Theory to Practice

New Economic and Military Structures

Reviving the Western European Allies

Confronting Revolution in East Asia

Domestic Pressures for a Global Crusade

Eisenhower's "New Look" in Foreign Policy   Chapter 4 North-South Tensions and the Vietnam War

Developing Countries in the Crossfire

Regional Conflicts in Latin America

Vietnam: The Limits of Containment   Chapter 5 Détente and World-Order Politics

Managing the Superpower Rivalry

Carter's Quest for World Order

War and Peace in the Middle East

Blowback and the Soviet Power Play   Chapter 6 Breakthroughs in the Superpower Struggle

Reagan's Rhetorical Offensive

Expanding U.S. Military Forces

"Rollback" in Developing Countries

Alliance Politics in the Late Cold War

From Confrontation to Conciliation   Chapter 7 The End of the Cold War

Bush's Management of the Soviet Collapse

Endgame: The Collapse of the Core

Reasons for the Soviet Collapse

A Final Appraisal  

Part II: The New World "Disorder"

  Chapter 8 Old Tensions in a New Order

Great Expectations after the Cold War

Clinton's Embrace of "Geoeconomics"

Sources of Global Fragmentation

War and Peace in the Middle East

The Plight of "Failed States"

Lessons from the Regional Crises   Chapter 9 The Shifting European Landscape

Western Europe: From Community to Union

Jump-Starting Democracy in Eastern Europe

NATO's Search for a New Mission

"Ethnic Cleansing" in the Balkans

U.S.-Russian Relations under Stress   Chapter 10 America under Fire

Strains in the Unipolar Order

The Growing Threat of "Sacred Terror"

Terror in the Morning Sky

Elements of Counterterrorism

A Grand Strategy of Primacy and Preemption   Chapter 11 Hot Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

The Afghanistan Campaign

Renewed Hostilities against Iraq

Flashbacks to Vietnam   Chapter 12 Aftershocks of the Arab Spring

Obama's Call for Renewal

Mass Demands for Democracy

Iraq's Collapse and the ISIS Challenge

The Afghan Muddle   Chapter 13 The Revival of Power Politics

Cold War II with Russia

The Powers and their Calculations

China's Pacific Challenge

Israel's Shadow in the Middle East

Ongoing Threats of Nuclear Proliferation   Chapter 14 The End of the American Century?

Internal Threats to Democracy

Trump and Turmoil

Rethinking American Power  


Steven W. Hook is professor and former chair of political science at Kent State University. He has authored and edited numerous books, including U.S. Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? (2012, with James M. Scott), Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy (2012, with Christopher Jones), Democratic Peace in Theory and Practice (2010), Comparative Foreign Policy (2002), and National Interest and Foreign Aid (1995). His journal articles have appeared in leading journals, including World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis. Professor Hook is a past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis sections of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

John Spanier received his PhD from Yale University. Since joining the faculty of the University of Florida in 1957, Spanier has lectured at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, the Naval War College, military service academies, and several universities. Among his many other books is Games Nations Play.