Review by Choice Review
A worthy successor to the monumental Guide to American Foreign Relations since 1700, ed. by Richard Burns (CH, Feb'83), this selectively comprehensive annotated bibliography, like its predecessor, makes an important contribution to the historiography of US foreign relations. Written under the auspices of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, it is a massive undertaking orchestrated by Beisner (history emer., American Univ.). Inspired by Burns, this edition is distinguished by updated material and by some 7,000 new entries spread across 32 individually edited chapters of varying length. Inclusion criteria favor post-WW II scholarship and emphasize journal articles and essay collections. Chapters are structured alike, most including sections of primary sources, reference works, historiography, overviews, and biographical studies; qualitative differences among them are overshadowed by the work's expansive geographic coverage. The book features detailed tables of contents and scope notes and is rounded out by several indexes. Although intimidating to undergraduates, graduate students of history and scholars of US diplomatic history will find it indispensable. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic libraries with substantial international relations collections. D. Ettinger George Washington University
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Review by Library Journal Review
Six years ago, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations set out to revise their dated Guide to American Foreign Relations Since 1700, edited by Richard Dean Burns. The impressive result extends coverage backward an additional 100 years and almost doubles the number of entries (now approximately 16,400), half of which have been published since 1982. For space reasons, the new work includes neither the lengthy historiographic essays found in the earlier edition nor the maps and biographical data. The arrangement is essentially chronological, with the first of 32 chapters covering reference works and bibliographies and the second chapter, overviews and synthesis. Individual chapter editors were free to include journal articles, essays in collections, and dissertations as they judged best; each chapter begins with a brief statement of the editor's selection criteria. Works in related specialties are listed for their influence on foreign relations, including Native American relations, gender and ethnic issues, and religious groups. The publications listed are almost exclusively English-language works from North American imprints or commonly held journals; users should not experience trouble in finding them. At the outset, the editorial board decided to exclude web-site listings, although a few crept in later. Given the volatility of web sites, the decision was perhaps understandable, but in hindsight, their omission weakens the product. Even the venerable Foreign Relations of the United States (published by the State Department) now issues new volumes on its web site. Nevertheless, this is an excellent book; imaginative users will find ways to apply these listings to a wide variety of projects, and the price is a screaming bargain. Highly recommended.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.