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Encyclopedia of American foreign policy
DeConde, Alexander.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, [2002]

Physical Description:
3 volumes ; 29 cm
v. 1. Chronology ; A - D -- v. 2. E - N -- v. 3. O - W ; Index.



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E183.7 .E52 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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This revised version has been expanded with 44 new essays, all written by respected post-Cold War scholars who bring the latest perspectives to their topics. General category coverage includes concepts and doctrines, policymaking, commerce and science, human rights and arms control.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Much about the world has changed since 1978, when this encyclopedia's first edition appeared. The Soviet Union has dissolved, Yugoslavia has become a jigsaw puzzle of smaller states designed to keep ethnic conflict in check, an oil war raged briefly in the Persian Gulf, Eastern Europe has been freed to find its own way, Israeli and Palestinian leaders met on the White House lawn to sign a peace accord that is fading into memory, and China has experienced both brutal political repression and significant economic reform. The U.S. has had to adjust its foreign policy to fit this post^-cold war world. The revised Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy reflects the challenge the nation has faced in several ways. The most evident change is the updating of articles such as Balance of power (now briefly discussing George W. Bush's rapid shift in September 2001 from unilateralism to collaboration); Cold War evolution and interpretations (noting the continuity between interpretations of the forces that fueled it and interpretations of its end); and Dissent in wars (noting the ambivalence of the U.S. and its political leaders toward the 1990s conflicts in the Balkans). Indeed, it now takes four articles to cover the complexities of the origins and end of the cold war, whereas the first edition managed with just one. Thorough updating of history and the collateral changes in U.S. foreign policy theories and strategies is evident throughout. The expanded encyclopedia also reflects changes through 48 new essays, among them African Americans, Cultural imperialism, Gender, Multinational corporations, Outer space, Refugee policies, and, of course, Terrorism and counterterrorism. Others have been dropped, including those dealing with conscription, detente, the Fourteen Points, the Truman Doctrine, the King Cotton theory, and missionaries. This list argues in favor of retention rather than disposal of the old edition. Bibliographies have been thoroughly updated to account for new scholarship and thinking on enduring topics as well as to provide leads to additional resources on new ones. Most items include informative, brief descriptive annotations. See also references at the conclusion of each article also provide pointers for further exploration. By covering the somewhat specialized concerns of the foreign policy "establishment" (e.g., Deterrence, Extraterritoriality, Protectorates and spheres of influence) as well as those forces the public observes in foreign relations (e.g., Nationalism, Race and ethnicity, Religion), the encyclopedia meets the needs of both academic users and the curious citizen seeking greater understanding of foreign affairs. The academic specialists who wrote the articles kept this latter audience in mind. The broad topical essays in the revised Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy complement the country-by-country treatment and biographies of diplomats and statesmen that predominate in the Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations (Oxford, 1997). Both are essential to academic collections, and the former merits exposure to the broader audience public libraries serve.

Choice Review

The world has changed since 1978 and so has Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy (1st ed., CH, Dec'78). This edition is also edited by Alexander De Conde with assistance by Frederik Logevall (Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam, CH, Jan'00) and the respected historian of foreign policy, Richard Dean Burns. Like the earlier edition, this one contains original essays from scholars who seek to illuminate rather than define issues. Although some of the briefer entries in the original are now condensed, there are 26 new essays reflecting issues ranging from the end of the Cold War to science and technology as well as matters not extensively considered (e.g., "African-Americans," "Gender"). The remaining essays reflect both new events and historiographical interpretation. Readers will appreciate the addition of sidebars and cross-references. Bibliographic entries at the end of each essay are more substantial in quality and content, but annotations have been dropped, as have biographical entries. Highly recommended. D. Liestman Florida Gulf Coast University