American Foreign Relations Since 1600

SHAFR published a magisterial, two-volume guide to the literature in the history of American foreign relations in 2003, and updated it with an online version beginning in 2007. Initially compiled by Robert L. Beisner of American University and 32 contributing editors, the online Guide had 40 editors under the supervision of Thomas W. Zeiler, of the University of Colorado Boulder. The Guide contains over 20,000 annotated entries, arranged in 32 chapters.

In 2014, the SHAFR Council appointed Alan McPherson of Oklahoma State University as Guide editor. Professor McPherson will oversee the production of a revised edition of the Guide that will be published on-line and in paper form.

Comments by Editors

Robert L. Beisner, 2002
Thomas W. Zeiler, 2007
Alan McPherson, 2017

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  1. The annotation for 17:1014 (chapter 17, item 104) should read as follows:

    In a highly publicized work, Beard finds the president vitiating democracy and violating his own pledges when he "maneuvered" the nation into the conflict. For a spirited defense of Beard, see Howard K. Beale, "The Professional Historian: His Theory and His Practice," Pacific Historical Review 22 (August 1953): 227-55.