Syllabus

History 3229 – Superpower America

Date

Topic and Reading


August 30, September 1

 

ussarizona1941

Days of Infamy

Harbutt, 1-48

Shotgun Marriage

Words and Deeds

Documents

 


September 6, 8

yaltabig

Politics of War

Harbutt, 49-97 

Dawn of a New Day

Triumph and Tragedy

Documents


September 13, 15

BerlinAirLift

Disunited Nations

Levering, et.al, 1-83 

The Iceman Cometh

Strategic Monstrosity 

Documents

 


September 20

macarthuratinchon

The National Security State

Harbutt, 91-137

Levering, et.al, 85-178

Preponderance of Power 

Documents


September 22

NO CLASS


September 27, 29

IkeNikita

More Bang for the Buck

Harbutt, 98-200

Asian Perimeter(s)

Waging Peace

Question :  Was early U.S. Cold War policy driven primarily by ideological, economic, political, security/geopolitical  or some other concern(s)?
This op ed essay is due on October 4 (Use documents from weeks of Sept. 20 and 27).

Documents


October 4, 6

cuban-missiles

Pay Any Price 

Lawrence, 1-90

Between War and Peace

To Move a Nation |

Question: On October 16, 1962, who provided President Kennedy with the soundest advice?
This op ed essay is due on October 13. Use documents from week of October 11.

Documents


October 11, 13

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Bear Any Burden

Lawrence, 91-185

Profile in Courage

Making of A Quagmire

 

Documents 

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October 18

REVIEW


October 20

MIDTERM EXAMINATION


October 25, 27

Nixon_Kissinger_000

Arrogance of Power

Harbutt, 201-263

Burr, 1-123

Irony and Tragedy

Back to the Future

 

Documents


November 1, 3

CampDavid (1)

Malaise and Morning

Harbutt, 264–326

Burr, 124-264

A Fallen Star

Born Again Wilsonianism

 

Question: Many claim that the Carter administration’s conduct of U.S. foreign relations was naive, foolish, and/or incompetent. What words would you use in your assessment?
This op ed essay is due on November 8.

Documents


 November 8, 10

gbrrmg

Cold War Redux and Denouement

Burr, 265-485

Morning in America

Dictatorships and Double Standards


Question: True or False: The most serious obstacle to ending the Cold War was mutual distrust?
This op ed essay is due on November 17. (Use documents from weeks of both November 8 and 15).

Documents


November 15, 17

Globalization and Democratization

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Bailey and Immerman, 1-98, 124-146

Surprises and Surprised

Globalization and its Discontents

Documents


November 22, 24

Fall Recess/Thanksgiving


November 29, December 1

Brave New World?

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Bailey and Immerman, 238-258; 286-331

In Search of Monsters

Don’t Do Stupid Stuff

America First

Maps of Afghanistan

Map of Iraq, Iran, and Middle/Near East Region

9/11 Digital Archive 

Documents


December 1

PAPERS DUE


December 6

REVIEW


December 20

FINAL EXAMINATION (10:30-12:30)

  • Professor Richard Immerman