Histories investigating U.S. immigration have often portrayed America as a domestic melting pot, merging together those who arrive on its shores. Yet this is not a truly accurate depiction of the nation's complex connections to immigration. Offering a brand-new global history, Foreign Relations takes a comprehensive look at the links between American immigration and U.S. foreign relations. Donna Gabaccia examines America's relationship to immigration and its debates through the prism of the nation's changing foreign policy over the past two centuries, and she highlights how these ever-evolving dynamics have influenced the lives of individuals moving to and from the United States. With an emphasis on American immigration during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century industrial era and the contemporary era of free trade, Gabaccia shows that immigrants were not isolationists who cut ties to their countries of origin or their families. Instead, their relations to America were often in flux and dependent on government policies of the time. She cites a wide range of examples, such as how bilateral commercial treaties of the nineteenth century influenced whether family members might receive passage to America, how families maintained bonds to their countries of origin through the exchange of letters and goods, and how politics on behalf of the mother country could still be fought from across the ocean. Today, U.S. commercial diplomacy in China and NAFTA-era Mexico raises concerns about immigrants once again, and Gabaccia demonstrates that immigration has altered with America's developing geopolitical position in the world. An innovative history of U.S. immigration, Foreign Relations casts a fresh eye on a compelling and controversial topic.--Publisher information.
"This comprehensive introduction to Chinese foreign relations examines the opportunities and limits China faces as it seeks growing international influence. Tracing the record of twists and turns in Chinese foreign relations since the end of the Cold War, Robert G. Sutter provides a nuanced analysis that shows that along with popular perceptions of its growing power, Beijing is hampered by both domestic and international constraints. Newly revised, this edition features more extensive treatment of China's role in the international economy and greater discussion of its relations with the developing world. Overall, the text's balanced and thorough assessment shows China's leaders exerting more influence in world affairs but remaining far from dominant. Facing numerous contradictions and tradeoffs, they move cautiously as they deal with a complex global environment."--Publisher's description
Introduction: strategy and continuity in contemporary Chinese foreign policy -- Chinese leadership priorities: implications for Chinese foreign relations -- Changing patterns in decision making and international outlook -- China's role in the world economy and international governance -- Chinese national security policies -- Relations with the United States -- Relations with Taiwan -- Relations with Japan and Korea -- Relations with Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands -- Relations with South Asia and Central Asia -- Relations with Russia and Europe -- Relations with the Middle East, Africa and Latin America -- Prospects
The first foreign policy: Euro-American relations with indigenous people, 1492-1800 -- The diplomacy of the new republic -- Manifest Destiny -- Preserving the union, taking the west -- Caribbean empire -- Becoming a Pacific power -- War and disillusion -- The diplomacy of World War II -- The Cold War -- Evolution of the Cold War -- Diplomacy in the "third world" -- Ordeal in Southeast Asia -- End of the Cold War -- A new world order -- Global war on terror -- Diplomacy of the future
Assessing China's role in world affairs -- Mao's changing course in foreign affairs, 1949-1969 -- Maneuvering between the U.S. and USSR, 1969-1989 -- Chinese foreign relations after the cold war -- Patterns of decision making and international outlook -- China's changing importance in world affairs -- Relations with the United States -- Relations with neighboring Asian countries -- Relations beyond nearby Asia -- Implications and outlook