Passport: The SHAFR Review


Thanks to a partnership between SHAFR and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), all back issues of Passport (formerly known as the SHAFR Newsletter) are now available electronically.  Issues published since April 2009 are available on this page, while older issues are available through the MTSU Institutional Repository:  This initiative both preserves the history of our organization and field and makes it more widely available. 

Many thanks to those who helped make this possible, especially the staff at the MTSU Walker Library;  David Anderson provided issues that were missing from the SHAFR archive; and Drs. Hasan Karayam and Marquita Reed did all of the scanning while they were graduate students at MTSU. 

Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review is edited by Andrew L. Johns of Brigham Young University and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.  Passport publishes reviews, historiographical essays, articles on pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of U.S. foreign relations, and research notes, and explores other issues of interest to SHAFR members.  Passport is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of SHAFR in January, April, and September

Unsolicited submissions to Passport are welcome.  All submissions should be sent to the editor via e-mail in either Word or WordPerfect format.  The deadlines for time-sensitive material (e.g. advertisements, announcements) are:  April issue, January 15; September issue, June 1; January issue, October 1.

Please direct inquiries or submissions to:
Andrew Johns, Editor
c/o Andrew Johns
Department of History
Brigham Young University
2161 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602
E-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

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In This Issue:

4 Contributors

6 Presidential Message
Kristin Hoganson

8 A Roundtable on Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
Carol Chin, Thomas Bender, Emily Conroy-Krutz, David Milne, Odd Arne Westad, and Daniel Immerwahr

17 A Roundtable on Rósa Magnúsdóttir, Enemy Number One: The United States of America in Soviet Ideology and Propaganda, 1945-1959
David Snyder, Denise J. Youngblood, Simon Miles, Kristy Ironside, Autumn Lass, and Rósa Magnúsdóttir

29 A Note on Charles Austin Beard’s Search for the National Interest
Justin Hart

35 Just Say Yes (to Manuscript Reviewing)
Susan Ferber

38 2019 SHAFR/ISD Public Engagement Workshop Report
Alistair Somerville

41 SHAFR Spotlights

47 Book Reviews
Henry Richard Maar III on Ralph L. Dietl, The Strategic Defense Initiative: Ronald Reagan, NATO Europe, and the Nuclear and Space Talks, 1981-1988 (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018)

49 2018 Historical Advisory Committee Report

52 Diplomatic Pouch

54 Dispatches

55 In Memoriam: Waldo Heinrichs

57 In Memoriam: Jean-Donald Miller

58 The Last Word: Academia’s Greatest Gift to Me
Kyle Longley

In This Issue:

4   Contributors

6    From the Chancery: More Things I Think
         Andrew L. Johns

13   A Roundtable on Jasper M. Trautsch, The Genesis of America: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Formation of National Identity, 1793-1815
         Todd Estes, William E. Weeks, Walter L. Hixson, David C. Hendrickson, and Jasper M. Trautsch

29   A Roundtable on John M. Thompson, Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
         Thomas J. Knock, Nicole M. Phelps, Jeremi Suri, Robert David Johnson, Ellen D. Tillman, and Jack (John M.) Thompson

40   Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence—While Reflecting on a Forty-Two-Year-Old Doctoral Dissertation
         Robert J. McMahon

47   Passport Question and Answer: “I signed up for what?”
         Christopher McKnight Nichols & Danielle Holtz

52   A Primer on Conducting Archival Research in South Korea
          Benjamin R. Young

56   “Turning up in Tehran”: Differential Acceleration and the U.S. International Empire
          Cyrus Schayegh

59   Confronting Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in SHAFR and the Profession
          Kristin Hoganson

61   2019 SHAFR Prize Announcements

65   SHAFR Spotlights

70   Book Reviews

  • Richard Immerman on Keren Yarhi-Milo, Who Fights for Reputation: The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018)
  • W. Taylor Fain on Ashley Jackson, Persian Gulf Command: A History of the Second World War in Iran and Iraq (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)
  • Cameron D. McCoy on Ashley Jackson, Persian Gulf Command: A History of the Second World War in Iran and Iraq (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)
  • Maureen Connors Santelli on Peter D. Eichner, Raising the Flag: America’s First Envoys in Faraway Lands (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Stephen Ortiz on Susan Dunn, A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days that Mobilized America (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)

77   Minutes of the June 2019 SHAFR Council Meeting

80   The Diplomatic Pouch

82   Dispatches

83   In Memoriam: Martin J. Manning

85   The Last Word: Making History Together with the National Archives
         Maarja Krusten


In This Issue:

4 Contributors

7 A Roundtable on Victoria M. Grieve, Little Cold Warriors: American Childhood in the 1950s
                    Thomas C. Field, Jr., Julia L. Mickenberg, Lori Clune, Mary C. Brennan, Donna Alvah, and Victoria M. Grieve

19 A Roundtable on Robert K. Brigham, Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam
                    Amanda Demmer, Richard A. Moss, Scott Laderman, Luke A. Nichter, David F. Schmitz, and Robert K. Brigham

33 Intelligence, U.S. Foreign Relations, and Historical Amnesia
                    Calder Walton

40 The Diplomatic Character(s) of the Early Republic
                    Katrina Ponti

48 How I Survived D-Day
                    Stephen G. Rabe

56 CIA’s Historical Review Panel, the Second Installment
                    Robert Jervis

59 Iranian Education from the American Shore
                    Matthew Shannon

67 SHAFR Spotlights

74 SHAFR Awards at the American Historical Association

77 Book Reviews

Jayita Sarkar on Terence Roehrig, Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017)
Stewart Anderson on Stephan Kieninger, The Diplomacy of Détente: Cooperative Security Policies from Helmut Schmidt to George Schulz (New York: Routledge, 2018)
Kenneth Osgood on Michael L. Krenn, The History of United States Cultural Diplomacy: 1770 to the Present Day (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)
Evan D. McCormick on Stefan Rinke, Latin America and the First World War, translated by Christopher W. Reid (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

83 Minutes of the January 2019 SHAFR Council Meeting

87 The Diplomatic Pouch

89 Dispatches

90 In Memoriam: Henry W. Berger

92 The Last Word: The National Archives Has Lost its Way
                       Bob Clark

In This Issue:

4 Contributors

6 From the Chancery: Gratitude
          Andrew L. Johns

8 Presidential Message: How SHAFR Works
          Barbara Keys

10 A Roundtable on Grant Madsen, Sovereign Soldiers: How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy After World War II
         Laura Hein, Michael J. Hogan, Aaron O’Connell, Carolyn Eisenburg, Curt Cardwell, and Grant Madsen

27 A Roundtable on Keisha N. Blain, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle
         Adam Ewing, George White, Jr., Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Michael L. Krenn, and Keisha N. Blain

40 The Tonous and Warda Johns Family Book Award

41 An Amazing Academic Adventure: Five Lessons We Learned Team-Teaching
         Lori Clune and William Skuban

43 SHAFR Spotlights

48 Ask Amy
          Amy Sayward

50 The Status of Women in Diplomatic and International History, 2013-2017: A Follow-Up Report
         Committee on Women in SHAFR and Mark Atwood Lawrence

59 Book Reviews

        Milorad Lazic on James W. Pardew, Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2018)

        Edwin A. Martini on Michael J. Kort, The Vietnam War Revisited (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

        Vivien Chang on Randall Fowler, More Than a Doctrine: The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East (Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018)

64 The Diplomatic Pouch

70 Dispatches

71 In Memoriam: Robert H. Ferrell

73 In Memoriam: Kenneth J. Grieb

74 The Last Word: Trumpism and the University—A Tale of Politics and Principles at the Miller Center
William I. Hitchcock

Passport September 2018 cover
In This Issue:

4    Contributors

7    2018 SHAFR Election Guide

12    PCB-AHA The Tonous and Warda Johns Family Book Award

13    A Roundtable on John Lewis Gaddis, On Grand Strategy
         Andrew Buchanan, Robert K. Brigham, Peter Trubowitz, Michael Green, James Graham Wilson, and John Lewis Gaddis

26    Perspectives on General David Petraeus’s SHAFR Keynote Address
         Peter L. Hahn, Brian C. Etheridge, Brian D’Haeseleer, and Aaron O’Connell

33    America First: The Past and Future of an Idea
          Melvyn P. Leffler, Andrew Preston, Christopher Nichols, David Milne, Beverly Gage, David Farber, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Jefferson Cowie, Maria Cristina Garcia, Darren Dochuk, Nicole Hemmer, Michael Froman, Philip Zelikow, and Robert Kagan

53   The Sorrows of International Historians, or My Travails in Brazil and St. Louis
          Markus Schoof

54    SHAFR Spotlights

63    Book Reviews

Zeb Larson on Ionut Popescu,Emergent Strategy and Grand Strategy: How
American Presidents Succeed in Foreign Policy
(Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 2017)
Matthew D. Linton on Fabio Lanza,The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017)
Thomas A. Schwartz on Sheldon A. Goldberg,The Reversal of U.S. Policy toward
West Germany, 1946-1955
(Athens, OH: Ohio University, 2017)
Justin Simundson on Max Boot,The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the
American Tragedy in Vietnam
(New York: Liveright, 2018)

68    Minutes of the June 2018 SHAFR Council Meeting
72    The Diplomatic Pouch
75    Dispatches
78    In Memoriam: Robert L. Beisner
80    In Memoriam: Michael H. Hunt
83    The Last Word: July 14 vs. July 4
            Kathryn C. Statler

Passport April 2018 cover
In This Issue:

4    Contributors

7    A Roundtable on Melvyn P. Leffler, Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015
          Kristin L. Ahlberg, Chester J. Pach, Gretchen Heefner, Kelly Shannon, Campbell Craig, and Melvyn P. Leffler

21    A Roundtable on Jeffrey A. Engel, When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
          Brian C. Etheridge, Thomas A. Schwartz, John Robert Greene, Dustin Walcher, Fritz Bartel, and Jeffrey A. Engel

33    The Battle FDR Lost: The Failed Nomination of Boss Ed Flynn as Minister to Australia
           Michael J. Birkner

40    A Roundtable on Gregg Brazinsky, Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War
          James I. Matray, Meredith Oyen, Jeffrey Crean, Pierre Asselin, Mitchell Lerner, and Gregg Brazinsky

50    Close, but No Cigar!
          Michael Schaller

52    The Shit Quote
         Jeffrey F. Taffet

54    SHAFR Spotlights

63    Book Reviews

Catherine Forslund on John Pomfret, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2016)
Jeffrey A. Engel on Gregory F. Domber, Empowering Revolution: America, Poland and the End of the Cold War (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2014)
Andrew M. Johnston on Tony Smith, Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017)
Henry R. Maar, III on Louis Sell, From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016)

70    Minutes of the January 2018 SHAFR Council Meeting
72    The Diplomatic Pouch
75    Dispatches
76    In Memoriam: Sally Marks
77    The Last Word: Goodbye to All That
            Francis J. Gavin