HIST 311
The United States and the Middle East Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 311 / LEAD 310
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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.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1048
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, short papers and a final research paper
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: History majors
Unit Notes: meets Group E & F requirements in History major only if regisration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 311 Division II LEAD 310 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group E Electives - Middle East
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
JWST Elective Courses

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