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The American century?

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 5509 words.

Despite rejecting the internationalist marriage Woodrow Wilson had arranged for it with the world, America was still the strongest state in the international system. ‘The American century?’...

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American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Preston.

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Book. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 168 pages.

For better or worse, be it militarily, politically, economically, technologically, or culturally, Americans have had a profound impact on the wider world beyond them. American Foreign...

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The big three (or maybe four)

Michael S. Neiberg.

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 5184 words.

In the early months of 1919, David Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson, and Georges Clemenceau together held as much influence over world affairs as any three men in history. They had the power to...

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Drafting the treaty

Michael S. Neiberg.

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 5807 words.

Although primarily a diplomatic document, the Treaty of Versailles covered a wide range of subjects. Many of the articles of the treaty had little to do with Germany. The point was to...

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Expansionism

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 5335 words.

Over the course of nearly three hundred years, the people who inhabited what came to be called the United States enlarged their territorial holdings. As they did so, their belief that...

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First principles

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 5679 words.

The United States began its existence as an act of foreign policy. It is no exaggeration to say that the nation owes its very existence to the successful pursuit of war and diplomacy....

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From war to armistice to peace conference

Michael S. Neiberg.

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 5138 words.

“From war to armistice to peace conference” outlines the events that took place from the summer of 1918, when it became clear that the Germans could not win the war, to the signing of the...

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Global America

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 5929 words.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States had become the world’s preeminent economic power. Yet for such a large and wealthy country, by 1890 the United States was in a...

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Hyperpower and its discontents

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 3112 words.

With the Cold War over, the United States found itself in a position of supremacy unmatched since the days of the Roman Empire. American power was supposed to stimulate the spread of...

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Ideals versus interests

Michael S. Neiberg.

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 5032 words.

“Ideals versus interests” considers the workings of the Paris Peace Conference by examining four different rationales for the shifting of post-imperial borders in Europe. Unfortunately,...

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Introduction

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 1315 words.

This introduction outlines some of the main topics in the history of American foreign relations. It explains the importance of seven key themes—moral values; a belief in expansion and...

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Superpower

Andrew Preston.

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

July 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Diplomatic History; United States History; Diplomacy and Consular Relations. 9591 words.

The modern era was the American century, but it was also very much the communist century. Between them, the United States and the Soviet Union held the fate of the world in their hands. If...

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To bed, sick of life

Michael S. Neiberg.

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 4997 words.

What would happen if the Germans refused to sign the treaty? The Allies were not prepared to resume the war or to handle the possibility of a German government collapse. “To bed, sick of...

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The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

Michael S. Neiberg.

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Book. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 136 pages.

Signed on June 28, 1919, between Germany and the principal Allied powers, the Treaty of Versailles formally ended World War I. Problematic from the very beginning, the treaty was seen even...

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War to end war?

Michael S. Neiberg.

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

April 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: First World War; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality; Law of Treaties; History of Law. 5532 words.

The world that the Treaty of Versailles left behind looked anything but peaceful. Even as the ceremonies at Versailles were taking place, the Russian Civil War was threatening to engulf...

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