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Course Description

This advanced course puts the history of the United States in a wider international and global context. Exploring the rich and evolving historical literature that sees the United States not only as a driver of historical trends but as one site reflecting and absorbing profound historical forces. Through extensive readings, discussion, presentations, and writing the course will provide an understanding of critical themes in the histories of the late nineteenth century through to the present. The course will delve into issues surrounding the growth of the US overseas empire in context with an international order structured by imperial relationships. It will interrogate the US involvement in the world wars of the period as well as the globe straddling Cold War and US hegemony at the start of the twenty-first century. It will also explore how diverse concepts of human rights, race, humanitarianism, international education, and development evolved and were contested in international and American society in the period.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA; Previous course in American History recommended

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences