History of U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1914
This course will examine the role of the United States in the international arena from World War I to the present. In my lectures, I will examine the motivations, objectives, strategies, and tactics of U.S. policymakers. The course will focus on America's embroilment in two world wars; its Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union; its responses to revolutionary movements abroad; its intervention in Vietnam; its role as hegemon in the international economic system; and its struggle against terrorism and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. It will conclude with an effort to put Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy in historical perspective.
There will be two or three take-home writing assignments of 4-6 pages, plus a final take-home assignment of two questions asking students to write two essays of 4-5 pages each. I may ask for weekly reflections on the readings or give occasional quizzes.
Readings will average about 150-225 pages a week. There will be a textbook, a book of primary source documents, some additional weekly primary documents on UVA collab, and four or five short monographs (dealing with Woodrow Wilson and World War I, FDR and the coming of World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and contemporary challenges in Iraq and/or Syria).
This will not fulfill the second writing requirement.