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Political Science Research: U.S. Foreign Relations: Basic Resources

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on topics relating to public policy, United States political affairs and to international affairs.

Finding Books

To find books on relations of the United States with other countries or regions, check the Library Catalog, using SUBJECT begins with

United States Foreign Relations [Country/Region Name]

For example: united states foreign relations afghanistan

Basic Resources


Chronological History of U.S. Foreign Relations. Lester H. Brune. 2d edition. New York : Routledge, 2003. 3 vols.
Chronology of events relevant to U.S. relations with other nations as well as events in other countries that influenced American decisions. v. 1.1607-1932 -- v. 2. 1933-1988 -- v. 3. 1989-2000. Vol. 3 includes an analytical index. For example
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7.B745 2003


Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas
Editors, Alexander DeConde et. al. 2d edition. New York, Scribner, 2002. 3 vols.
121 in-depth scholarly essays on the concepts, themes, movements, and distinctive policies found in the history of American foreign relations.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7.E52 2002
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. 4 vols.
1,024 scholarly entries relating to the political, economic, military, and cultural interactions of the U.S. government and the American people with other nations and peoples. Most entries include bibliography.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7.E53 1997


American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature
Robert L. Beisner, editor. 2nd edition. Santa Barbara, CA., ABC-CLIO, 2003. 2 vols.
The basic resource for identifying materials (primary documents, books, essays, articles, dissertations, reference sources) on American foreign relations. Based on Burns (below) but without the lengthy historiographic essays and maps. Chronological arrangement with each chapter preceded by a detailed table of contents. Annotated entries.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7 .A44 2003
Guide to American Foreign Relations Since 1700
Richard Dean Burns. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-Clio, 1983.
The classic bibliographic guide to American foreign relations. Arranged by historical period; annotated entries, extensive historiographic essays, maps, and biographies of key figures.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E183.7 .G83 1983
U.S. Foreign Policy Under President Bush
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.6/2003.
Iraq Three Years On
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.2/2006.
Afghanistan Five Years On: An Assessment
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.2/2007.
US Middle East Policy After 9/11
NATO Library Thematic Bibliographies No.6/2008.

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