Syllabus and Weekly Assignments
History 249
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Week

Topic and Reading

Aug. 27-August 30

Days of Infamy
Paterson/Merrill, 1-27, **28-76

**Schulzinger, 3-124
**Recommended for those who have taken History 248; required for all others.

Documents

War Deaths, 1914-1918

September 5-7
Politics of War
Paterson/Merrill, 77-126
Schulzinger, 125-145

Question: How would you respond to my daughter’s eighth grade teacher’s characterization of U.S. foreign policy in the 1920s as "isolationist?"

Documents

*September 10-14
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Disunited Nations

Paterson/Merrill, 127-84
Schulzinger, 146-200

Question: Which concerns were greater influences of Roosevelt's behavior toward the "revisionist nations": economic, security, or ideological?

Documents

Maps

September 17-21
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The National Security State
Iriye, entire

Question: Did Franklin Roosevelt "want" to go to war with Japan? What motivated the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor?

Documents

 

Sept.24-Sept.28

More Bang for the Buck
Paterson/Merrill, 185-234
Schulzinger, 201-31

Question: Which was more important to the outcomes at Yalta and Potsdam: Big Three Diplomacy or the Tides of War?

Documents

Maps

*October 1-5

Pay Any Price
Paterson/Merrill, 235-365

Question: Compared to Roosevelt's, was Truman's foreign policy toward the Soviet Union illustrative of the dynamic of change or continuity?

Documents

Maps

October 8-12

Bear Any Burden
Jensen, entire

 

Documents

October 15 Dissect Documents
October 17

REVIEW

October 19

MIDTERM EXAMINATION

October 22-26

Arrogance of Power
Schulzinger, 232-258
Paterson/Merrill, 366-459

Question: What if anything was "new" about Eisenhower's "New Look." Was the policy objective containment or liberation?

Documents

Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Balance of Power
Schulzinger, 259-88
Paterson/Merrill, 460-584

Question: John Kennedy's perspective on foreign policy, and that of many of his leading advisors, was immature, uninformed, and reckless. True or False?

Documents

New Problems on a World Scale Confront the Kennedy Administration, 1961-63

*November 5-9

Limits of Power
Greene, entire

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?

The War in VietNam, 1963-68

Documents

November 12-16

Swords into Ploughshares
Schulzinger, 289-315
Paterson/Merrill, 585-636

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?

Documents

November 19-21
Ploughshares Into Swords
Schulzinger, 316-333
Paterson/Merrill, 637-706

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?

Documents

November 22 Thanksgiving Recess
November 26

PAPERS DUE

Nov. 26-30
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The Walls Come Tumbling Down
Schulzinger, 334-52
Paterson/Merrill, 707-55

Question: Who is more responsible for the end of the Cold War: Reagan? Bush? Gorbachev?

Documents

December 3
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Brave New World?
Schulzinger, 352-83

 

Documents

December 5 REVIEW
December 10

FINAL EXAMINATION
(8:30-10:30)