U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History: Global Contexts

History 285D.002

Spring 2013
Section: 
002
Location: 
2303 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
F 2-4P
CCN: 
39945
Units: 
4

In this course, students will explore the transnational and/or international dimensions of United States cultural and intellectual history. Among the topics that could be considered are the role of empire in shaping U.S. culture and institutions; the role of the United States in the formation of global cultural markets; the interaction of political, social, and intellectual movements across borders; efforts within the U.S. to build or resist regional and global organizations; institutional, political, and cultural differences within the United States that shaped attitudes and actions in other parts of the world; the relation of what Joseph Nye has called “soft power” to U.S. military and economic expansion.  The subject matter of the class is broad, and students are encouraged to bring a creative attitude to exploring the question of how international connections reflect and shape life at home.