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

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Moshik Temkin


Day Time Location
First Day 1/26
Meet Day M/W 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM T301


This course provides a historical framework for understanding the influence of the United States on the wider world and the impact of global events and trends and policymaking in the United States. It also focuses on the ways in which policymakers, activists, and citizens can, do, and should (or should not) make use of history in their professional and public lives. Our first goal is to examine the diverse connections between American and international policy history. Our second goal is to permit you to become more self-aware, reflective, and skilled at using and thinking about history in variety of public and policy settings. Adopting a loosely chronological structure, and making use of sources both written and visual, we will grapple with issues that have provoked much 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 shaping American domestic policies? What responsibility (for better or for worse) does the United States bear for the way the world looks today? And how can this history help us in understanding, and formulating, public policy in the future?












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