History 75700
U.S. & the World Since 1890
KC Johnson
Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm


This course will examine the US interaction with the world community since 1890. We'll be taking a historiographical approach, reading a book weekly plus reviews and occasional review essays. The course will focus both on how US foreign policy has intersected with domestic politics and scholarship that places US foreign policy as part of the broader context of 20th century international relations.



course paper: 35%


class participation: 30%


preparation of two sets of study questions: 20%


preparation of one set of outside reading notes: 15%

BOOKS: The following books need to be purchased; links to barnesandnoble.com are included below:

bullet Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
bullet Frances FitzGerald, Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars, and the End of the Cold War
bullet Piero Gleijeses, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976
bullet Akira Iriye, Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1945
bullet Thomas Knock, To End All Wars: Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order
bullet Fredrik Logevall, Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam
bullet Ernest May, Strange Victory: Hitler's Conquest of France
bullet Ernest May and Philip Zelikow, The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis
bullet Samantha Power, "A Problem from Hell": America in the Age of Genocide
bullet Daniel Rodgers, Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age
bullet Eric Paul Roorda, Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic
bullet Jeremi Suri, Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente