West European Studies | Special Topics in W Eur Studies: Politica and Culture of US-European Relations
W405 | 0000 | G. Vurusic

10:30-12:20 TR

The debate about the political and cultural relations between the
United States and Western Europe has recently gained a new intensity
fueled by the U.S. and European behavior in the Iraqi crisis. This
debate is hardly a product of recent times, but rather has a
fascinating history. Understanding this history will enable us to
understand the current debate in all its complexities.

Throughout the course we will encounter the complex history of
European anti-Americanism as one facet of European reactions to
American engagement and investments on their continent. With the end
of the Cold War the question of rebalancing the relationship
acquired new urgency. European complaints about
American "unilateralism" and American misgivings over Europe's
ambitions in the realm of foreign policy increased over the past
couple of years as the process of European integration grew in
intensity. Thus we will explore the currently hotly-debated question
of a "transatlantic community of values" and the need to share the
costs of military engagements more equitably. While the focus will
be on American plans and European reactions, this course will
examine the intentions and perceptions of each side.

The students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) class
participation; (2) two or three short papers (5-7 pages each); and
(3) a midterm and a final exam.