Collection : The United States in the World

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Books in this innovative series globalize the study of United States history. It features extraordinary works that explore how people, ideas, processes, and events that transcend national borders have shaped United States history from the antebellum period through the present. Cornell University Press and the series editors welcome established and emerging scholars based in the United States and abroad who work on diverse topics and regions of the world.

The series encourages books that integrate the methodologies of transnational and international history, particularly the use of domestic and international archives; multilingual sources; and the study of the important role played by both state and non-state actors. The goal of the United States in the World series is to bring together the best new scholarship that globalizes United States history, thereby enriching and broadening our understanding of United States history.

Please send inquiries to: Mark Philip Bradley (mbradley@uchicago.edu) David C. Engerman (engerman@brandeis.edu), Amy S. Greenberg (amygreenberg@psu.edu), and Paul A. Kramer (paul.a.kramer@vanderbilt.edu).

Forthcoming volumes in the series include:

The Rise of the Defense Intellectual: Hans Speier and the Trans-Atlantic Origins of Cold War Foreign Policy by Daniel Bessner

Our Frontier is the World: An Imperial History of the Boy Scouts of America by Mischa Honeck

Borderline Citizens: The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration by Robert McGreevey

The Arc of Containment: Britain, Malaya, Singapore, and the Rise of American Hegemony in Southeast Asia by Wen-Qing Ngoei

The Greek Fire: The Greek Revolution and the Emergence of American Reform Movements by Maureen Santelli

The United States, the International Community, and Indonesia's New Order, 1966–1998 by Bradley R. Simpson

The Value of Interests: The Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy in Latin America, 1973-1984 by Vanessa Walker

Oil Money: How Petrodollars Transformed U.S.-Middle East Relations, 1967–1986 by David M. Wight

Series Editors

Mark Philip Bradley is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of the prize-winning Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950 and The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century. He is currently working on a book that explores the intellectual history of the Global South and serves as the general editor of the four-volume Cambridge History of American and the World.

David C. Engerman is Ottilie Springer Professor of History at Brandeis University. He has written two books on American ideas about Russia/USSR, including most recently Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts. His longstanding interest in modernization and development programs in the Third World has led to two co-edited collections (including Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Global Cold War) and his forthcoming book, Development Politics: The Economic Cold War in India.  His current research is on the global politics of economic inequality in the 1970s.

Amy S. Greenberg is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of four books, including the prize-winning A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico; Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents; and Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire. She is currently at work on a study of the role of dissent in nineteenth-century U.S. foreign policy.

Paul A. Kramer is Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines, winner of the Stuart L. Bernath and James Rawley Prizes, as well as numerous articles on U. S. transnational, imperial and global histories. His current project deals with the intersection between immigration and imperial politics in the United States across the 20th century.

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Artillery of Heaven
American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East
Ussama Makdisi
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...



Black Yanks in the Pacific
Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II
Michael Cullen Green
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...



Borderline Citizens
The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration
Robert C. McGreevey
Borderline Citizens explores the intersection of U.S. colonial power and Puerto Rican migration. Robert C. McGreevey examines a series of confrontations in the early decades of the twentieth century between colonial migrants seeking work and citizenship in the metropole and various groups—employers, colonial officials, court officers, and labor...



The Business of Empire
United Fruit, Race, and U.S. Expansion in Central America
Jason M. Colby
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.



Cauldron of Resistance
Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam
Jessica M. Chapman
In 1955, Ngo Dinh Diem organized an election to depose chief-of-state Bao Dai, after which he proclaimed himself the first president of the newly created Republic of Vietnam. The United States sanctioned the results of this election, which was widely condemned as fraudulent, and provided substantial economic aid and advice to the RVN. Because...



Christian Imperialism
Converting the World in the Early American Republic
Emily Conroy-Krutz
In 1812, eight American missionaries, under the direction of the recently formed American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, sailed from the United States to South Asia. The plans that motivated their voyage were ano less grand than taking part in the Protestant conversion of the entire world. Over the next several decades, these men...



Democracy in Exile
Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual
Daniel Bessner
Anyone interested in the history of U.S. foreign relations, Cold War history, and twentieth century intellectual history will find this impressive biography of Hans Speier, one of the most influential figures in American defense circles of the twentieth century, a must-read.In Democracy in Exile, Daniel Bessner shows how the experience of the...



The Diplomacy of Migration
Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War
Meredith Oyen
The Diplomacy of Migration combines important innovations in the field of diplomatic history with new international trends in migration history. During the Cold War, both Chinese and American officials employed a wide range of migration policies and practices to pursue legitimacy, security, and...



Empire's Twin
U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism
Empire's Twin broadens our conception of anti-imperialist actors, ideas, and actions; it charts this story across the range of American history, from the Revolution to our own era; and it opens up the transnational and global dimensions of American...



For God and Globe
Christian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War
Michael G. Thompson
For God and Globe recovers the history of an important yet largely forgotten intellectual movement in interwar America. Michael G. Thompson explores the way radical-left and ecumenical Protestant internationalists articulated new understandings of the ethics of international relations between the 1920s and the...



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