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 ( David C. Engerman (, Amy S. Greenberg (, and Paul A. Kramer (

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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Christian Imperialism
Converting the World in the Early American Republic
Emily Conroy-Krutz
In describing how American missionaries interacted with a range of foreign locations (including India, Liberia, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, North America, and Singapore) and imperial contexts, Christian Imperialism provides a new perspective on how Americans thought of their country's role in the...

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...

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...

With Sails Whitening Every Sea
Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire
Brian Rouleau
Brian Rouleau argues that because of their ubiquity in foreign ports, American sailors were the principal agents of overseas foreign relations in the early...

A Union Forever
The Irish Question and U.S. Foreign Relations in the Victorian Age
David Sim
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
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
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.

The Universe Unraveling
American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos
Seth Jacobs
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
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
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.

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...

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