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20th Century US Conflicts: The Rise of a Superpower

The wars in which America has participated since the dawn of the 20th century have defined its place in the world. The Spanish-American War and its related conflict in the Philippines marked the debut of the United States as a world power. How have successive wars increased that power – or called it into question? This series is funded under a National Endowment for the Humanities We The People project grant, which explores significant events and themes in American history and culture, and advances knowledge of the principles that define America.

Books in this Series

  • David Kennedy, The American People in World War II: Freedom From Fear
  • G.J.A. O’Toole, The Spanish War: An American Epic
  • Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
  • Robert H. Zieger, America’s Great War: World War I and the American Experience
  • William Stueck, Rethinking the Korean War: A New Diplomatic and Strategic History
  • Studs Terkel, The Good War: An Oral History of World War II

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