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United States Foreign Policy in the Interwar Period, 1918-1941 The Golden Age of American Diplomatic and Military Complacency

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ISBN-10: 0275948250

ISBN-13: 9780275948252

Edition: 2001

Authors: Benjamin D. Rhodes

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This study presents an in-depth survey of the principal policies and personalities of American diplomacy of the era, together with a discussion of recent historiography in the field. For two decades between the two world wars, America pursued a foreign policy course that was, according to Rhodes, shortsighted and self-centered. Believing World War I had been an aberration, Americans naively signed disarmament treaties and a pact renouncing war, while eschewing such inconveniences as enforcement machinery or participation in international organizations. Smug moral superiority, a penurious desire to save money, and naivete ultimately led to the neglect of America's armed forces even as potential rivals were arming themselves to the teeth. In contrast to the dynamic drive of the New Deal in domestic policy, foreign policy under Franklin D. Roosevelt was often characterized by a lack of clarity and, reflecting Roosevelt's fear of isolationists and pacifists, by presidential explanations that were frequently evasive, incomplete, or deliberately misleading. One of the period's few successes was the bipartisan Good Neighbor policy, which proved far-sighted commercially and strategically. Rhodes praises Cordell Hull as the outstanding secretary of state of the time, whose judgment was often more on target than others in the State Department and the executive branch.
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Book details

List price: $110.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/30/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

United States Foreign Policy in the Interwar Period: A Historiographical Overview
Wilson and Democratic Peacemaking: A Tragic Beginning to the Interwar Era
Harding, Hughes, and Republican Moral Diplomacy
Foreign Policy Under Coolidge and Kellogg: A Relative Bed of Roses
Foreign Policy Under Hoover and Stimson: A Bed of Pain
Early New Deal Foreign Policy: The Limits of Improvisation
The Good Neighbor Policy: A Bipartisan Accomplishment
Congressional Neutrality: Roosevelt, the British, and Bankers as Performing Circus Animals
The Shifting of the Foreign Policy Momentum
Aid to Britain Short of War
Japan and the United States Miscalculate
Selected Bibliography