Syllabus and Weekly Assignments
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Topic and Reading
Aug. 27-August 30
Days of Infamy
|September 5-7 ||Politics of War |
Question: How would you respond to my daughters eighth grade teachers characterization of U.S. foreign policy in the 1920s as "isolationist?"
|*September 10-14 ||Disunited Nations |
|September 17-21 ||The National Security State |
Question: Did Franklin Roosevelt "want" to go to war with Japan? What motivated the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor?
|More Bang for the Buck |
Question: Which was more important to the outcomes at Yalta and Potsdam: Big Three Diplomacy or the Tides of War?
|Pay Any Price |
Question: Compared to Roosevelt's, was Truman's foreign policy toward the Soviet Union illustrative of the dynamic of change or continuity?
|Bear Any Burden |
|October 15||Dissect Documents|
|October 17|| |
|October 19|| |
|Arrogance of Power |
Question: What if anything was "new" about Eisenhower's "New Look." Was the policy objective containment or liberation?
Oct. 29-Nov. 2
|Balance of Power |
Question: John Kennedy's perspective on foreign policy, and that of many of his leading advisors, was immature, uninformed, and reckless. True or False?
|Limits of Power |
Question: According to Fowler in The Quiet American, Pyle "was impregnably amoured by his good intentions and his ignorance. . . . He comes in and people have to die for his mistakes." Was Pyle a metaphor for the United States in Vietnam?
|Swords into Ploughshares |
Question: As if a Greek tragedy, the drama of the foreign policies of Nixon and Kissinger is the story of potential heroes who suffer from fatal character flaws. Do you agree?
|November 19-21 ||Ploughshares Into Swords |
Question: In the anarchic, dog-eat-dog world of international relations, should the promotion of human rights be a high priority for the makers of U.S. foreign policy?
|November 22||Thanksgiving Recess|
|November 26|| |
|The Walls Come Tumbling Down |
Question: Who is more responsible for the end of the Cold War: Reagan? Bush? Gorbachev?
|December 3 ||Brave New World? |
|December 10|| |