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From Development to Dictatorship
Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era
Thomas C. Field Jr. reconstructs the untold story of USAID’s first years in Bolivia, including the country’s 1964 military coup d’état.
A Union Forever
The Irish Question and U.S. Foreign Relations in the Victorian Age
David Sim examines how Irish nationalists and their American sympathizers tried to convince legislators and statesmen to use the global influence of the United States to achieve Irish independence.
Radicals on the Road
Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era
Wu analyzes how interactions among people from the U.S. and several East and Southeast Asian nations inspired transnational identities and multiracial coalitions that challenged political commitments during the Vietnam War era.
Cauldron of Resistance
Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam
Based on extensive work in Vietnamese, French, and American archives, Chapman offers a detailed account of three crucial years, 1953–1956, during which a new Vietnamese political order was established in the south.
The Universe Unraveling
American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos
The Universe Unraveling is a provocative reinterpretation of U.S.-Laos relations in the years leading up to the Vietnam War. U.S. policy toward Laos under Eisenhower and Kennedy cannot be understood apart from the traits Americans ascribed to Lao allies.
Militarism in a Global Age
Naval Ambitions in Germany and the United States before World War I
Dirk Bönker explores the far-reaching ambitions of German and U.S. naval officers before World War I as they advanced navalism, a particular brand of modern militarism that stressed the paramount importance of sea power.
The Business of Empire
United Fruit, Race, and U.S. Expansion in Central America
Colby provides new insight into the role of transnational capital, labor migration, and racial nationalism in shaping U.S. expansion into Central America and the greater Caribbean.
Black Yanks in the Pacific
Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II
By the end of World War II, many black citizens viewed service in the segregated American armed forces with distaste if not disgust. Meanwhile, domestic racism and Jim Crow, ongoing Asian struggles against European colonialism, and prewar calls for...
Hollywood and the Cultural Reconstruction of Defeated Japan
Shows how the US's expansive attempt at cultural globalization helped transform Japan into one of Hollywood's key markets. He also demonstrates the prominent role American cinema played in the political reeducation and reorientation of the Japanese.
Artillery of Heaven
American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East
The complex relationship between America and the Arab world goes back further than most people realize. In Artillery of Heaven, Ussama Makdisi presents a foundational American encounter with the Arab world that occurred in the nineteenth century...