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Daniel Bessner co-edits book on rethinking U.S. world power

June 21, 2024

Book cover of Rethinking US World Power March 2024

Daniel Bessner, The Anne H. H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, has co-edited “Rethinking U.S. World Power: Domestic Histories of U.S. Foreign Relations” (Palgrave, March 2024) with Michael Brenes, Co-Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History at Yale University.

The book, a volume of 10 chapters:

  • Counters the prevailing trends in U.S. historiography to de-center the U.S. as leading global power
  • Argues the U.S. remains a key player in geopolitical theatre, in particular the Global South
  • Examines the relationship between U.S. domestic processes and U.S. international relations

In addition to the introduction, Bessner wrote and co-authored two of the chapters: “Recentering the United States in the Historiography of American Foreign Relations” and “U.S. Elites and Scientific Mobilization After World War II.