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The United States in World Affairs, 1939
The United States in World Affairs, 1939
By Whitney H. Shepardson, in Collaboration with William O. Scro
Harper, for the Council on Foreign Relations, 1939, 423 pp

An objective, carefully documented and readable discussion of the principal world events of the past year which have influenced the foreign relations of the United States. The volume's somewhat detailed analysis of political developments at home and abroad preceding the outbreak of the European war is especially useful for an understanding of the foreign policies of the American Government in a difficult period. The work deals with such timely topics as preparedness, the maintenance of neutrality in the Americas, the resort by the Roosevelt Administration to "methods short of war" vis-à-vis the European dictators, the economic dislocations resulting from the conflict, and the wartime relations of the United States with China, Japan and the Soviet Union. Maps, an appendix of documents and a chronology add to its usefulness.