In This Review

Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations With Europe, 1919-1933
Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations With Europe, 1919-1933
By Frank Costigliola
Cornell University Press, 1985, 379 pp.

This is a subtle and imaginative contribution to the increasingly accepted view that American foreign relations in the 1920s do not fit a clownish, isolationist stereotype. The author succeeds in going beyond the formal actions of governments to deal with the ambivalent European response to American culture and economic power. A basic theme is that American influence was founded on prosperity sustained by private loans. When prosperity and loans dried up, so did America's reputation for invincibility.