History | America's Nations
A300 | 2954 | Cullather
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
TOPIC: THE UNITED STATES AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF OTHER COUNTRIES
As the reconstruction of Iraq began, President Bush pointed to Japan
and Germany to show that the United States knew how to rebuild a
defeated nation and make it a successful democracy. He didn't need
to stop there. Italy, Austria, Korea, the Philippines, Haiti, Cuba,
Liberia and at least a dozen other countries have all undergone
regime change and reconstruction by the U.S. Nation-building has
been part of the American mission since the Union "reconstructed"
the Confederate states after the Civil War. This course will use
these occupations as a unique window on the military, diplomatic,
political, and cultural history of the United States and the world.
We will examine the problems military occupiers face, what kind of
governments the U.S. tries to create, the values and politics
Americans try to transplant abroad, and how Americans are in turn
affected by the cultures of the lands they conquer. Texts will
include John Dower's Pulitzer-prizewinning Embracing Defeat. Films
will include Three Kings and The Sand Pebbles.