U.S. Foreign Policy

History 130

Fall 2015
Instructor: 
Location: 
2060 VALLEY LSB
Day & Time: 
TuTh 330-5P
CCN: 
39716
Units: 
4
 
History 130 explores the historical development of US foreign policy. The course addresses the making and implementation of national strategy; the evolution of the international system; and the uses of history in the making of policy. Topics covered include the rise and nineteenth-century expansion of the United States; the redefinition of national security in the twentieth century; US involvement in the world wars and the Cold War; and the challenges of making post-Cold War foreign policy.

Course Books

The World America Made by Kagan, Robert Vintage. ISBN: 978-0345802712 Required
The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War by Wilson, James Graham Cornell University Press. ISBN: 978-0801456831 Required
A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s by Sargent, Daniel J. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0195395471 Required
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times by Westad, Odd Arne Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521703147 Required
Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War by Gaddis, John Lewis Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195174472 Required
The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 3, The Globalizing of America, 1913-1945 by Iriye, Akira Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107536197 Required
The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 2, The American Search for Opportunity, 1865-1913 by LaFeber, Walter Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107536203 Required
The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 1, Dimensions of the Early American Empire, 1754-1865 by William Earl Weeks Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107536227 Required