Diplomacy since 1890s and emergence of the nation as a world power. Prerequisite: HIST 122. Offered even Spring.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Select the most current edition of the following:
U.S. Diplomatic History
By Clarfield, Gerard (Prentice Hall) Recommended
The American Age
By LaFeber, Walter (Norton) Recommended
U.S. Diplomacy Since 1900
By Schulzinger, Robert (Oxford University Press) Recommended
American Foreign Relations since 1895
By Paterson, Thomas G. (Cengage) Recommended
To master knowledge to key events in twentieth century American diplomatic history.
To identify key trends associated with this topic.
To identify individuals responsible for shaping American diplomatic history.
Identify major approaches in diplomacy.
Explain the interaction between domestic politics and foreign policy.
Describe the key factors that led to the Cold War.
Define the major ideological trends in U.S. foreign policy.
Because the course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers). The reading load should be a
minimum of 1000 pages; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words.
The major topics include but are not limited to the following areas:
The open door
Gunboat and dollar diplomacy
World War I
Isolation and economic expansion
New Deal diplomacy
World War II
Early Cold War
Liberation and rollback
Middle East crises
New economic order
Late Cold War confrontations
Post Cold War adjustments
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.