NEW ON-LINE COURSE (June 15 - August 7, 2009)
Title: (History 434) American Foreign Relations: The History of U.S. Grand Strategy since 1901
This innovative eight-week course, taught by Professor Suri, examines how grand strategy shaped America's interaction with states, peoples and cultures throughout the 20th century, offering a fresh perspective on America's foreign policy successes and failures. The course is offered online as a pilot to military, business and other adult students. The course will define “foreign relations” broadly to explore the ways in which interactions with peoples and places identified as “foreign” transformed the nature of American society. The course will touch on issues of national power, territorial acquisition, market penetration, warfare, racial subjugation, class conflict, and gender subordination. We will study how America's foreign relations helped determine what it means to be “American.” Situating the history of the United States in an international context we will learn how American debates about identity and power reflected and influenced events in distant venues.