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Siracusa, Joseph M.

Works: 72 works in 273 publications in 1 language and 15,357 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Dictionaries  Biography 
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Depression to Cold War : a history of America from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan by Joseph M Siracusa( )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organized around the office of the president, this study focuses on American behavior at home and abroad from the Great Depression to the onset of the end of the Cold War, two key points during which America sought a re-definition of its proper relationship to the world. Domestically, American society continued the process of industrialization and urbanization that had begun in the 19th century. Urban growth accompanied industrialism, and more and more Americans lived in cities. Because of industrial growth and the consequent interest in foreign markets, the United States became a major world power. American actions as a nation, whether as positive attempts to mold events abroad or as negative efforts to enjoy material abundance in relative political isolation, could not help but affect the course of world history
Nuclear weapons : a very short introduction by Joseph M Siracusa( )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Despite not having been used in anger since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons are still the biggest threat that faces us in the 21st century. Indeed, for all the effort to reduce nuclear stockpiles to zero and to keep other nations (such as Iran) from developing nuclear capability, it seems that the Bomb is here to stay. In this gripping Very Short Introduction, Joseph M. Siracusa, an internationally respected authority on nuclear arms, provides a comprehensive, accessible, and at times chilling overview of the most deadly weapon ever invented. Siracusa explains the history of the arms race and the politics of the bomb, ranging from the technology of nuclear weapons, to the revolutionary implications of the H-bomb and the politics of nuclear deterrence. The issues are set against a backdrop of the changing international landscape, from the early days of development, through the Cold War, to the present-day controversy over George W. Bush's National Missile Defense, and the role of nuclear weapons in an Age of Terror. Providing an accessible and eye-opening backdrop to one of the most unsettling aspects of the modern world, this compact introduction is must reading
Foreign affairs and the founding fathers : from confederation to constitution, 1776-1787 by Norman A Graebner( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This history of the Confederation era is the first new work on the topic in a generation. In its pages, three diplomatic historians offer a realist interpretation of the way in which the Founding Fathers conducted foreign affairs, refreshing our collective memory about their priorities and their values. --from publisher description
Crime wars : the global intersection of crime, political violence, and international law by Paul Battersby( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This expert analysis addresses the many interconnections between political violence and crime, including the transnational crimes of non-state actors and the international crimes of states
Real-world nuclear deterrence : the making of international strategy by David G Coleman( )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Looking at how nuclear deterrence has actually worked rather than how it should theoretically work, Coleman and Siracusa put the problems of nuclear deterrence over the past sixty years into global context and apply historical lessons to the current state of world affairs."--Jacket
The impact of the cold war : reconsiderations( Book )

11 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New left diplomatic histories and historians : the American revisionists by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

20 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American foreign relations since independence by Richard Dean Burns( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Foreign Relations since Independence explores the relationship of American policies to national interest and the limits of the nation's power, reinterpreting the nature and history of American foreign relations. The book brings together the collective knowledge of three generations of diplomatic historians to create a readily accessible introduction to the subject. The authors explicitly challenge and reject the perennial debates about isolationism versus internationalism, instead asserting that American foreign relations have been characterized by the permanent tension inherent in America's desire to engage with the world and its equally powerful determination to avoid "entanglement" in the world's troubles. This work is ideally suited as a resource for students of politics, international affairs, and history, and it will provide compelling insights for informed general readers
The American diplomatic revolution : a documentary history of the cold war, 1941-1947 by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

11 editions published between 1577 and 1978 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson era by Richard Dean Burns( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the history of the United States, few periods could more justly be regarded as the best and worst of times than the Kennedy-Johnson era. The arrival of John F. Kennedy in the White House in 1961 unleashed an unprecedented wave of hope and optimism in a large segment of the population-a wave that would come crashing down when he was assassinated only a few years later. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, enjoyed less popularity, but he was one of the most experienced and skilled presidents the country had ever seen and he promised a Great Society to rival Kennedy's New Frontier. Both presidents were embroiled in foreign policy disasters: Kennedy with the Bay of Pigs fiasco, although he came out ahead on the Cuban missile crisis, and Johnson by the backlash of the Vietnam War. The 1960s witnessed unprecedented progress toward racial and sexual equality, but it also played host to race and urban riots. And while impressive advances in the sciences and arts fueled the American imagination, the counterculture rejected it all. Historical Dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson Era relates these events and provides extensive political, economic, and social background on this era through a detailed chronology an introduction, appendixes, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, events, institutions, policies, and issues. - Publisher
A global history of the nuclear arms race : weapons, strategy and politics by Richard Dean Burns( )

16 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book of its kind to provide a global perspective of the arms race, this two-volume work connects episodes worldwide involving nuclear weapons in a comprehensive, narrative fashion. Beginning with a discussion of the scientific research of the 1930s and 1940s and the Hiroshima decision, the authors focus on five basic themes: political dimensions, technological developments, military and diplomatic strategies, and impact. The history of the international nuclear arms race is examined within the context of four historical eras: America's nuclear monopoly, America's nuclear superiority, superpower parity, and the post-Cold War era. Information about the historical development of the independent deterrence of Britain, France, and China, as well as the piecemeal deterrence of newcomers Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea is also included, as is coverage of the efforts aimed at the international control of nuclear weapons and the diplomatic architecture that underpins the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. --
Diplomacy : a very short introduction by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The course and consequences of major events of modern international diplomacy have shaped and changed the global world in which we live. Joseph M. Siracusa introduces the subject of diplomacy from a historical perspective, providing examples from significant historical phases and episodes to illustrate the art of diplomacy in action
Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev : revisiting the end of the Cold War by Norman A Graebner( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a contemporary chronicle of the Cold War and offers an analysis policy and rhetoric of the United States and Soviet Union during the 1980s. The authors examine the assumptions that drove political decisions and the rhetoric that defined the relationship as the Soviet Union began to implode. This work demonstrates that while the subsequent unraveling of the Soviet empire was an unintended side effect of Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms, termination of the Cold War was not. Ronald Reagan deserves full credit for recognizing Gorbachev's sincerity and his determination to change the direction of Soviet policies. For this, Reagan felt the full wrath of anticommunist hawks for "doing business" with a communist leader. But it was Gorbachev who concluded the superpowers had become "mesmerized by ideological myths" which ruled out any meaningful discussions of a possible accomodation of political issues for more than four decades. The evidence is compelling that Gorbachev himself broke the Cold War's ideological straight jacket that had paralyzed Moscow and Washington's abilty to resolve their differences. Though politically weakened, Gorbachev conceded nothing to U.S. military superiority. Never did he negotiate from a position of weakness. In doing so, the last Soviet leader faced even greater political and physical risk. Without Gorbachev the end of the Cold War could have played out very differently and perhaps with great danger
The A to Z of the Kennedy-Johnson era by Richard Dean Burns( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering two administrations, offers entries for key individuals, major events, significant legislation, and the important economic, social, and cultural issues of the period
A history of United States foreign policy by Julius William Pratt( Book )

8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America and the Cold War, 1941-1991 : a realist interpretation by Norman A Graebner( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What were the origins of the Cold War? What policies fueled it? Why did the Cold War perpetuate the nuclear arms race? How did it end? Who "won" the Cold War and why does it matter? The significance of the debate surrounding the answers to these questions makes for fascinating reading as it sheds light on the late 20th century--and its aftermath
Into the dark house : American diplomacy & the ideological origins of the Cold War by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Kennedy years by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents brief biographies of the men and women who played significant roles in United States politics during the Kennedy administration. The youngest man elected to the office of the presidency, John F. Kennedy served as the 35th president of the United States until his assassination in 1963. With the immemorial words of his inaugural address, ""Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country, "" Kennedy began leading the nation on a quest for equal rights, national culture, and peace. From the unsolved mystery of his death to the rumors about his personal life, Kennedy's presidency fascinates many Americans. Written in an accessible A-to-Z format, The Kennedy Years is an invaluable introduction to Kennedy's work and influence. More than 350 biographical entries list key figures in his administration, and numerous appendixes feature primary source documents such as presidential speeches and executive decisions. Biographical entries include: J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert S. McNamara, Malcolm X, Richard M. Nixon, Lee Harvey Oswald, George C. Wallace
Presidential doctrines : U.S. national security from George Washington to Barack Obama by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book assesses and evaluates the key U.S. presidential doctrines from Washington to Obama. It demonstrates that in spite of differences between successive administrations, in most instances, presidential doctrines have articulated both the responses and directions conducive to an international order that best advances American interests: a composition encompassing "democracy," open free markets, self-determining states that adhere to U.S. principles, and a secure global environment in which U.S. goals can be pursued (ideally) unimpeded. This is manifest through such policy goals as containment, interventionism, engagement, de-entanglement, and securing the region. Also, it shows that the current dilemmas facing the U.S. are a continuation of perennial policy challenges, from Washington's warning to steer clear of permanent alliances, to George Bush's radical doctrine of prevention and pre-emption and Obama's "reluctant realist" doctrine. In navigating and assessing the key presidential doctrines, the book explains both the individual and defining themes American presidents have embodied in their respective doctrines in attempting to meet national interest goals. Ultimately, it shows that although each doctrine was formulated in reaction to immediate foreign policy concerns, each also addressed fundamental aspects of U.S. national security that led future statesmen to follow its broad objectives and prescriptions."--Publisher's description
The changing of America : 1945 to the present by Joseph M Siracusa( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Depression to Cold War : a history of America from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan
Nuclear weapons : a very short introductionForeign affairs and the founding fathers : from confederation to constitution, 1776-1787Crime wars : the global intersection of crime, political violence, and international lawReal-world nuclear deterrence : the making of international strategyHistorical dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson eraDiplomacy : a very short introductionReagan, Bush, Gorbachev : revisiting the end of the Cold WarThe A to Z of the Kennedy-Johnson era
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Siracusa, Joseph M.

Siracusa, Joseph Marcus 1944-

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