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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2010


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Course Description

This class introduces the history of American foreign relations from the First World War to the present. During this period, the United States fully joined the ranks of the great powers and then, following a period of hesitation, surpassed all its rivals in exercising influence around the world. We will explore the course and causes of this rise to power and seek to understand current dilemmas and debates within their historical context. The class aims for both breadth and depth. Some lectures and readings are aimed at providing a wide view of the political, economic, and ideological currents that fed into the making of foreign policy. Other lectures and readings focus on particular topics - the debate over the League of Nations, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vietnam War, the American interventions in Central America during the 1980s, and the American response to the September 11 attacks, among others.

Grading Policy

Students will be evaluated on the basis of a midterm (30 percent of term grade), paper (30 percent), and final (40 percent).


Required texts will likely include Emily Rosenberg, Spreading the American Dream; James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans; Melvin Leffler, The Specter of Communism; Mark Danner, Massacre at El Mozote; Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, Fail-Safe; and Jon Krakauer, Where Men Win Glory.


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