HIST 263
The United States and the World, 1898-2001 Fall 2022
Division II

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This survey course examines the United States and the World from 1898-2001. Students will be introduced to key diplomatic developments from the Spanish-American War to the War on Terror with attention to ideological, political, cultural, military, and economic forces. Topics will include American imperialism and anti-imperialism, the emergence of U.S. cultural and economic hegemony in the interwar years, WWII and the origins of the Cold War, the Soviet-American rivalry in Europe and on the periphery, nuclear policy, the Vietnam War, late-Cold War diplomatic reconfigurations, the rise of political Islam, the collapse of the Soviet Union and its aftermath, and the events surrounding 9/11. By engaging with a range of primary and secondary source readings, students will examine how Americans historically have made sense of their nation’s role in the world, and how historians explain important aspects of U.S. foreign policy.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 25-30
Class#: 1388
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, pop quizzes, short papers, a midterm exam, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students, then History majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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