History | U.S. Foreign Relations
H650 | 17118 | Cullather

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

The country John Winthrop held up as “a city upon a hill” and
Abraham Lincoln called “the last best hope of earth” has had a sense
of global destiny from the beginning.  Since the beginning of the
twentieth century, the United States has been the world’s foremost
economic, military, and cultural power. This course will look at how
historians have explained American foreign relations over the past
100 years.  Our emphasis will be on historiography.  Learning how to
evaluate historical literatures, to discern common themes,
questions, and approaches, are an essential part of the historian’s
training.  To explain the usefulness and novelty of your own work,
you will need to be able to describe how other historians have
addressed the same or similar problems, how your own findings build
upon theirs.  This requires careful attention to subtle differences
in argument, and to the many contexts—personal, political,
professional—in which history is written.  Discussions and written
assignments will be directed at attaining these skills