HIST 262 The United States and the World, 1776 to 1914

Last offered Spring 2014

From its foundation in 1776 to the beginning of World War I in 1914, the United States developed a complex of ideas for understanding--and methods for securing--its place in the world. During this period, the nation's diplomacy went through several phases as it made the transition from a young republic struggling to conduct its diplomacy, to an expansionist power in the first half of the nineteenth century, to an emerging world power in the aftermath of the Civil War, and then to an imperialist power after the Spanish-American War. Amidst these events, U.S. statesmen and citizens constantly debated the country's proper diplomatic role and struggled to construct and propagate a unique American ideology, as well as an advantageous geo-strategic position, on the global stage. Debates about foreign relations were imbued with questions of race, nation, independence, religion, economy, law, gender, and geographic expansion; indeed, defining U.S. foreign relations was a means of defining the nation itself. Through a variety of primary sources and scholarly books and articles, this course will examine U.S. relations with external powers as well as the interactions that occurred between U.S. domestic and foreign policy during this period.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, two 5- to 7- page papers, quizzes, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 15-25
Class Number: 3674
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HIST 262 LEC The US & the World, 1776-1914 Division 2: Social Studies Jessica M. Chapman
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