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Foreign Relations of the United States

The official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity, as well as the entirety of Title 22 (Foreign Relations) of the Code of Federal Regulations and more than 1,000 related works. 

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Understand the Foreign Policy of the United States

The official goals of United States foreign policy are described by the U.S. Department of State as being “to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.” Over time, this approach to foreign relations has been the subject of much debate, criticism, and praise, both domestically and abroad. 

American foreign relations first emerged on the world stage with the “Olive Branch Policy,” an attempt on the part of the newly formed United States to reconcile with Great Britain during the American Revolution. At the conclusion of the war, the newly established country increased its trade and political relations abroad, and thus America’s international policy began to take shape. 

From the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the “isolationist” policies brought about by World War I, and the Cold War focus on “containment,” America’s role in world affairs has continually evolved over the course of its development. Today, the U.S. has economic and diplomatic interests in every region of the globe. As one of the largest diplomatic presences of any nation, America’s relations with other countries will continue to be one of the most critical topics in media and politics across the globe.

About the Foreign Relations of the United States Database

HeinOnline’s database dedicated to this important topic presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. HeinOnline’s database dedicated to this important topic presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The database is primarily based on the Foreign Relations of the United States series, produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian and comprised of 528 volumes containing invaluable historical information. HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, and easy-to-use interface provides an excellent platform to access exact replicas of the print volumes without using valuable shelf space. Also included in the database are more than 1,000 other works related to U.S. foreign policy in addition to the entirety of Title 22 (Foreign Relations) of the Code of Federal Regulations

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Featured Subcollections

This subcollection contains the entire digitized series of the State Department Office of the Historian’s Foreign Relations of the United States. The series began in 1861 during Abraham Lincoln’s administration under the title of Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, and continued through Ronald Reagan in 1988. In 1947, the title changed to Foreign Relations of the United States: Diplomatic Papers. Finally, in 1969, the name was shortened to its present form, Foreign Relations of the United States.

The Foreign Relations volumes contain documents from various presidential libraries, the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies. Also included are the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. 

This subcollection provides comprehensive digital coverage of Title 22 (Foreign Relations) of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Divided into 50 titles, the CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. Access true-to-print digital copies of every iteration of the 22nd title all the way back to the publication’s inception in 1938. 

In addition to the expansive Foreign Relations of the United States series and the CFR’s Title 22, this database includes more than 1,000 titles relevant to the study of U.S. international relations, including:

American Foreign Policy Current Documents
U.S. Department of State (1956-1991)

United States and Russia: The Beginning of Relations, 1765-1815
U.S. Government Printing Office (1980)

Documents on Germany, 1944-1985
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs (1985)

Emerging Nation: A Documentary History of the Foreign Relations of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, 1780-1789
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (1996)

American Foreign Policy Basic Documents, 1950-1955
U.S. Government Printing Office (1957)

Black and white portrait of Abraham Lincoln

This subcollection contains the entire digitized series of the State Department Office of the Historian’s Foreign Relations of the United States. The series began in 1861 during Abraham Lincoln’s administration under the title of Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, and continued through Ronald Reagan in 1988. In 1947, the title changed to Foreign Relations of the United States: Diplomatic Papers. Finally, in 1969, the name was shortened to its present form.

The volumes in this series contain documents from various presidential libraries, the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies. Also included are the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. 

Code of federal regulations logoThis subcollection provides comprehensive digital coverage of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Divided into 50 titles, the CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. Access true-to-print digital copies of every iteration of the 22nd title all the way back to the publication’s inception in 1938. 

In addition to the expansive Foreign Relations of the United States series and the CFR’s Title 22, this database includes more than 1,000 titles relevant to the study of U.S. international relations, including:

American Foreign Policy Current Documents
U.S. Department of State (1956-1991)

United States and Russia: The Beginning of Relations, 1765-1815
U.S. Government Printing Office (1980)

Documents on Germany, 1944-1985
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs (1985)

Emerging Nation: A Documentary History of the Foreign Relations of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, 1780-1789
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (1996)

American Foreign Policy Basic Documents, 1950-1955
U.S. Government Printing Office (1957)