Diem’s Final Failure

In Philip Catton’s Diem’s Final Failure, the author examines the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam from 1954 – 1963 and argues that the conflict between the United States and the Diem government resulted from a “clash of visions” on the methods of modernization and nation building (Catton 2). Catton develops thisContinue reading “Diem’s Final Failure”

American Umpire – Review

In Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman’s book American Umpire, the author examines the history of U.S. foreign policy from the founding to present day.  By exploring specific events in American history, the author challenges those scholars who suggest that the United States is an empire and she asserts that the term “umpire” better describes American foreign policy. Continue reading “American Umpire – Review”

Review – Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia by Gabriel Gorodetsky

Gabriel Gorodetsky’s study Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia examines the foreign policy of the Soviet Union from the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in August 1939 to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.  In this study, Gorodetsky asserts that Stalin’s foreign and military policy were non-ideological and based on realpolitikContinue reading “Review – Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia by Gabriel Gorodetsky”

Dead, Dying, or Declining Recent Thoughts on Diplomatic History

This coming week I will be attending the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference (SHAFR).  The main reasons I am attending this year is the conference’s proximity to my current location.  I have no paper to give but I am hoping to meet other graduate students and historians with similar interests to mineContinue reading “Dead, Dying, or Declining Recent Thoughts on Diplomatic History”