Third Book Series Review for American Foreign Policy List

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The years between the start of the Mexican war and the beginning of World War I witnessed a period of immense intellectual change in the United States’ foreign policy and in the development of the American frontier.

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Third Book Series Review for American Foreign Policy ListScott AbelThe years between the start of the Mexican war and the beginning of World War I witnessed a period of immense intellectual change in the United States foreign policy and in the development of the American frontier. The United States attempted to gain the dominant leadership position in the western hemisphere as justified by a variety of philosophies including of racial, religious, humanitarian, and cultural-linkage ideologies. The United States achieved its goal of becoming the preeminent power in the region through economic links, military victories, and changing geo-politics in Europe and elsewhere. Historians of US foreign policy and expansion during the 1960s and 1970s generally explained Americas policies and ideology through more traditional notions of political, military, and economic power with a bit of cultural analysis in regard to the United States relationship with Great Britain. During the 1980s and 1990s, the historiography shifted toward a more dominant culturally based analysis with focuses on race, religion, and gender based analyses. Bradford Perkins 1968 work, The Great Rapprochement looked at the relationship between the United States and Great Britain when the former found its power growing and the latter saw challenges to its dominance across the globe. Perkins employed a traditional historical methodology such as political and strategic analysis but also a bit o

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