HIST 311 The United States and the Middle East

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as ARAB311
At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was considered a benign superpower in the Middle East. Americans were known as "innocents abroad" for their educational and philanthropic work. From a distance, American society was admired for its affluence and freedom, and Middle Eastern politicians eagerly sought American advice and assistance. Today, however, the situation could hardly be more different. This course will examine the remarkable transformation of American involvement in the Middle East. Significant cultural and political encounters of the latter half of the twentieth century will be assessed in order to identify how the United States has approached the region and consider the multifaceted and sometimes ambivalent reactions of people in the Middle East to increasing U.S. presence. It will also explore the difficulty the United States has experienced in balancing diverse, and sometimes conflicting, foreign policy interests, and will evaluate what may account for the increasing level of antagonism and mistrust on both sides.
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, short papers and a final research paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History and Arabic Studies majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives, HIST Group E Electives - Middle East,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives,JWST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3712
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HIST 311 SEM US and the Middle East Division 2: Social Studies Magnus T. Bernhardsson
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