HIST 263 Fall 2012 The United States and the World, 1914 to the Present

This course explores America's engagement with the world from 1914 to the present. The First World War ushered in a new era for U.S. foreign relations. The self-identified isolationist power became a principal player on the world stage and by the end of the Second World War emerged as one of the two global superpowers, poised to compete with the Soviet Union in a protracted Cold War. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, some spoke of the United States as a "hyperpower," but how it should exercise its unrivalled power was far from clear. Through a mixture of lecture and discussion, this course introduces students to the key events of America's most powerful century and to the new wave of scholarly literature being written about the United States and the World. Readings will reflect current trends in the sub-field, which focuses not only on high-level diplomacy, but also on a range of other factors that influence foreign relations, including ideology, race, gender, culture, domestic politics, and the roles of individual personalities.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, short papers, a midterm exam, 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: 25-30
Class Number: 1411
HIST263-01(F) LEC The US & the World, 1914-Pres Division 2: Social Studies Jessica M. Chapman
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hopkins Hall 001 1411
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