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Rise to Globalism American Foreign Policy Since 1938 Rise to Globalism by Stephen Ambrose is an enlightened work on the development of American foreign policy from World War II through the Reagan administration It is an excellent one volume history basic but full of fact that explains the trends in foreign policy that led America from its isolationist attitude of the first half of the nineteenth century to its position of global power and imminence today The basic causes of the worlds major problems today from the American viewpoint communism the Arab-Israeli conflict and third-world development are traced from World War II and explained as they pertain to Americas foreign policies and overseas activities This volume lays the ground work in the readers mind to understanding modern American foreign policy The book begins by explaining Americas involvement in World War II This important though seemingly unconnected event would shape American foreign policy for the remainder of the century After the war the Eastern European states liberated by Russia were incorporated into satellite states of Russia which then became the Soviet Union The governments formed in these countries after the war were naturally communist In Western Europe all former satellite nations had been liberated by the United States and Great Britain which then consequently set up democratic governments This split of Europe into east and west set the stage for the cold war Ambrose covers this development with amazing clarity while keeping information needed for understanding to a minimum There are no extra words nor superfluous examples and analogies just straightforward and simplistic explanations of the situations that existed and the diplomatic and military actions that occurred This appears to be an uncanny and extremely useful talent that Ambrose possesses and uses to create relatively short works that give readers an in-depth understanding of the subject matter In short time Ambrose quickly describes the developments of the cold war To do so he uses many statistics
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