The United States and the World since 1776
This information is for the 2022/23 session.
Dr Elizabeth Ingleson
This course is available on the BA in History, BA in Social Anthropology, BSc in History and Politics, BSc in International Relations and History, BSc in Politics and History and BSc in Social Anthropology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.
This course explores how the United States has engaged with the world since 1776. After gaining independence from Britain, the United States looked westward, expanding its territory through indigenous dispossession and a pursuit of hemispheric dominance. By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States held overseas colonies. Soon thereafter, it became involved in one, and then a second, world war followed shortly by the Cold War and more recently the “forever wars.” Together we will think broadly about who has been involved in shaping U.S. foreign relations with the world. We will explore decisions made by diplomats and policymakers in Washington as well as the voices of a wide range of people who influenced and resisted U.S. power including missionaries, American Indians, businesspeople, women, workers, and immigrants. Over the course of the semester we ask three key questions: what is the U.S. empire and how did it develop and change over time? How has capitalism shaped and been shaped by U.S. engagement with the world? And how has the history of U.S. relations with American Indians influenced the development and projection of U.S. power?
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.
There will be a reading week in week 6 of the Michaelmas and the Lent Terms.
One essay in the Michaelmas Term and one essay in the Lent Term.
One essay will be thematic and the other will contextualise a primary source.
A mock exam may be offered as part of exam revision arrangements.
1. Walter LeFeber, The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad, 1750 to the Present (1994)
2. Jane Burbank and Fredrick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (2010)
3. Brian DeLay, War of A Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (2008)
4. Emily Rosenberg, Financial Missionaries to the World: The Politics and Culture of Dollar Diplomacy (2003)
5. Kristen Hoganson, American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: A Brief History with Documents (2016)
6. Erez Manela, The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007).
7. Elizabeth Borgwardt, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights (2005)
8. Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2014)
9. Mary Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights (2000)
10. Greg Grandin, Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, The United States and the Rise of the New Imperialism (2007)
Essay (35%, 3000 words) in the LT.
Take-home assessment (50%) in the ST.
Class participation (15%) in the MT and LT.
Department: International History
Total students 2021/22: 50
Average class size 2021/22: 13
Capped 2021/22: Yes (60)
Value: One Unit
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