The United States and Europe in the Twentieth Century
Longman, 2003 - 202 pages
The relationship between the US and Europe in the 20th century is one of the key considerations in any understanding of international relations/international history during this period. David Ryan first sets the context by looking at the trends and traditions of America¿s foreign relations in the 19th century, and then considers the changing nature of America's vision of Europe from 1900 to the present. The book examines America¿s response to and involvement in the two World Wars, including the structure of international power after the First World War and American reaction to the rise of Nazi Germany. American/European relations during the Cold War (1945-1970) are discussed, and Ryan considers the contentious debate that America was trying to establish an empire by invitation. Finally, the book looks at the ever-increasing unification of Europe and how this has affected America's role and influence.
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excluded or limited US interests were considered divisive. As Henry Kissinger put
it, 'American ... its national interest throughout the century. Despite the various
stages of cooperation and conflict, obviously the US pursued its national interest.
Moreover, if the continental Europeans did not check each other, the British Navy
would prevent their expansion in pursuit of their own national interests.
Opportunism, unilateralism or 'independent internationalism' was a fourth
There was disagreement in most of the key areas of US national interest. Most
prominently on issues of security, France challenged Washington's leadership of
the Western Alliance and sought a more independent role. On economic matters
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THE TRADITIONS OF US FOREIGN RELATIONS
THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD WARS
THE INTERWAR SYSTEM TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR
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