HIS 333L • US FOREIGN RELATNS, 1776-1914
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course explores the history of American foreign relations from the eighteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. During this period, the United States established many of the patterns of thought and behavior that have characterized the nation in more recent times. Understanding these early years of America's relationship with the wider world can help us gain important insight into current dilemmas, debates, and controversies.
The course aims for both breadth and depth. Some lectures and readings are aimed at providing a broad view of the political and ideological currents that fed into the making of foreign policy. Other lectures and readings go into depth on particular topics - the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the Texas Revolution, and especially the the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars that marked the emergence of the United States as a world power. There are no prerequisites for the course, but students are expected to have a basic grasp of U.S. history from 1776 to 1914. Ideally, students will follow this course with History 333M, which covers U.S. foreign relations from 1914 to the present.