HIST-283 American Diplomatic History II
Spring for 2015-2016
Professor Toshihiro Higuchi
What factors have influenced the U.S. government’s and Americans’ interactions with the rest of world? Who has shaped these encounters? What has the relationship been between these relations and U.S. domestic affairs? How have foreigners responded to U.S. actors and influence? We will analyze U.S. foreign relations, a broader category than simply foreign policy by examining the political, military, economic, religious, and cultural influence of the U.S.
In particular, we will discuss the U.S. as a global power following World War II through topics such as the Cold War, the Vietnam Wars, human rights, and globalization. We will also consider the different ways historians have sought to explain U.S. foreign relations. This course focuses on trends and ideas, focusing on critical thinking and events rather than attempting a comprehensive account of U.S. foreign relations.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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HIST-283-70 American Diplomatic History II
Spring for 2015-2016
Taught in Doha, Qatar.
This survey of the history of American foreign relations follows the development of diplomacy in its international and domestic contexts from the aftermath of World War I to the present. Topics covered include: the impact of racism, war, and revolution, the United States as a world power, as well as consideration of the economic, political, and social imperatives behind foreign policy making.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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