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, 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 and Afghanistan. There will be two lectures each week and a discussion section. There will be two or three take-home writing assignments of 5-10 pages.  I may ask for weekly reflections on the readings or give quizzes. Readings will average about 150-225 pages a week.  There will be a textbook, weekly primary documents on UVA collab, and five or six monographs. This will not fulfill the second writing requirement.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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