US Foreign Relations, 1890s to 1970s
In 1783, George Washington proclaimed the United States a rising empire. By the close of World War II, it had become a superpower. Why and how did the US expand into a political, military, economic, and cultural colossus? What were the values, traditions, and policies that directed the achievement of that power—and how did post-World War II events affect it? This course will be a study the history of US foreign relations, beginning with an overview of the diplomacy of the 19th century and then concentrating on the years from 1898 to the Cold War and Vietnam. We will study US policies and actions in the early stages of the Cold War—“containment,” the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin blockade and airlift—and US-Soviet relations. Other topics will include the history of US positions toward Israel, China, and Cuba, as well as the Vietnam War.
You'll Walk Away with
- Deeper knowledge of US history through the study of foreign relations
- An understanding of why the United States is viewed as one of the few remaining superpowers today
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between