DPI-714: The United States and the World: Politics, Policy, and the Uses of History

Semester: Not Offered

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Moshik Temkin


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This course provides an historical framework and foundation for understanding the impact and influence of the United States on the wider world and the interplay between global events and trends and policymaking in the United States. It also focuses on the ways in which policymakers can, do, and should (or should not) make use of history in their professional lives. Our first goal is to examine the myriad connections between American and international policy history. Our second goal is to permit you to become more self-conscious, reflective, and skilled at using and thinking about history in variety of public and policy settings. Adopting a loosely chronological structure, we will grapple with issues that have long provoked debate among historians and policymakers: What are the sources, dynamics, and long-term implications of the American rise to global power? How have American mass production and culture conquered the global market? More broadly, what have been the roles of the United States in the wider world? What place has the wider world had in the formation of American domestic policies? And how can this history help us in understanding, and formulating, public policy in the present?

Not offered 2015-16.





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