William Appleman Williams

William Appleman Williams was an American historian and academic, known for his influential works on U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy. His revisionist approach to American history, particularly in his book 'The Tragedy of American Diplomacy', challenged traditional narratives and emphasized economic and ideological motives behind U.S. foreign policy. Williams is often considered a founder of the 'Wisconsin School' of diplomatic history.


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  1. 1. Contours of American History

    "Contours of American History" is a comprehensive exploration of the historical development of the United States, focusing on its economic, political, and social evolution from colonial times to the 20th century. The book presents a critical analysis of America's expansionist ideology, its impact on indigenous peoples, and its role in shaping the nation's economic and political systems. The author challenges traditional interpretations of American history, arguing that the country's growth was not an inevitable process but was driven by specific economic and political interests.