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America, from client state to world power : six major transitions in United States foreign relations
Varg, Paul A.
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First edition.
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1990]

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310 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Explores American foreign relations from 1763 to 1947. Varg (emeritus, history, Michigan State U.) applies a "realist" (i.e. non-unitary) approach to show how the character of American society has dictated foreign policy--how, throughout US history, liberal ideals and moralism have been unable to compete with powerful drives on behalf of national and special interests. Compelling, and accessible to a lay audience. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Varg, a widely published historian, examines six major transitional periods in U.S. history, ending with the emergence of the Cold War in the late 1940s. Varg's main theme in this collection of essays is that the character of American society had a major influence on the conduct of foreign policy. National economic interests are shown to be the major factor in policy-making decisions, which places Varg in the same camp as revisionist historian William Appleman Williams, whose Empire As a Way of Life (LJ 8/15/80) detailed U.S. territorial expansion through its foreign policy. This is a useful complement to classic surveys of American diplomatic history such as Thomas A. Bailey's A Diplomatic History of the American People ( Prentice-Hall, 1980. 10th ed.) and Walter LeFeber's more recent The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad Since 1730 ( LJ 3/1/89).-- Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.