History | U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945
A300 | 4442 | Valero
10:30-11:20A D BH305
Above section open to undergraduates only.
This course is a general survey of U.S. foreign policy since the
conclusion of the Second World War. The main objectives are
threefold: 1.) understand the domestic and international influences
that shape American foreign relations, 2.) foster a deep appreciation
for the subject's large and varied historiography, and 3.) develop
critical reading and writing skills concerning international affairs.
Students will leave this course with a solid foundation of
contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the ability to engage in more
advanced study on this important aspect of American history.
The course will focus heavily on the origins and development of the
Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, which
dominated the conduct of international relations for much of this half
century. Class meetings will explore a number of broad topics
including, but not limited to, the formation of the containment
policy, the emergence of the national security state, the Cold War
crises over Berlin and Cuba, U.S. intervention in Korea and Vietnam,
the rise and fall of détente, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and
post-Cold War challenges to U.S. global interests.
A mid-term examination, a term paper, and a final examination are
course requirements. In addition to readings placed on reserve in the
library, the following books are mandatory for the course:
Cohen, Warren I. The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations,
Vol. IV, America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Drachman, Edward R., and Alan Shank. Presidents and Foreign Policy:
Countdown to 10 Controversial Decisions. Albany, New York: State
University of New York Press, 1997.
History A300 - U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945 (Custom Case Book), Pew
Case Studies in International Affairs, Washington, D.C.: Institute for
the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University.
Knaus, John Kenneth. Orphans of the Cold War: America and the Tibetan
Struggle for Survival. New York: Public Affairs, 1999.
Instructor: Larry Valero, Ph.D. candidate, University of Cambridge and
Summer Faculty Fellow, Indiana University.