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By Robert Schulzinger

This is often an authoritative quantity of historiographical essays that survey the nation of U.S. diplomatic heritage. The essays hide the full variety of the background of yankee overseas kinfolk from the colonial interval to the current. They speak about the foremost resources and research the main influential books and articles within the box.

  • Includes discussions of latest methodological methods in diplomatic history.

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Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937–1957 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997). {Page:30} C HAPTER T HREE International Environmental Issues KURK D ORSEY The great untapped vein of American diplomatic history is the environment. Several prominent diplomatic historians have called for more work on the place of the environment in US foreign policy, but few have taken up the challenge. Instead, most of the history of international environmental issues has been written by environmental historians, policymakers, and political scientists.

What scholars are trying to do, while not at all dismissing the importance of strategic and economic policies, is examine how culturally constructed meanings influence international relations. In addition, historians using cultural approaches take seriously the points of view of those considered to be outsiders as well as insiders in US foreign relations. Much less likely, to quote Anders Stephanson, to write as “ersatz policymakers,” they consider diverse perspectives (Stephanson 1993: 287). With humility and conviction, historians grapple with how and why culture affects American foreign relations.

Finally, the so-called culture wars in the United States engaged historians in clashes over popular and scholarly interpretations of the past. Feuds over the plans for the Smithsonian’s exhibit on the Enola Gay and the end of World I wish to thank Sally Kent, David Langbart, Linda Nemec, Emily Rosenberg, and Marjorie Thompson for their contributions to this essay. {Page:15} 16 SUSAN BREWER War II at the National Air and Space Museum in 1995 and the development of National History Standards exposed the gap between patriotic memory and the more ambiguous conclusions of historical scholarship.

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