HST297: The History of American Foreign Relations
20 credits (semester 2)
Module Leader: Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport
George Washington famously warned against “the insidious wiles of foreign influence” in his farewell address in 1796. But history has challenged any idea of the United States as a self-contained, bounded nation. Rather, the U.S. has played an active role in world affairs and has been profoundly shaped by events and people outside its borders. This course surveys the history of the U.S. in global context, beginning with America’s first forays into overseas expansion in the late nineteenth century. We will cover both the major foreign policy moments and trends in U.S. history—wars, government initiatives and interventions abroad, interstate diplomacy—as well as the less formal encounters, migrations, and transnational exchanges that constitute American foreign relations. Primary and secondary source readings, lectures, and discussions will pay particular attention to the intersections between changes at home and developments abroad.
Teaching and Assessment
The module will be taught through eleven lectures eleven seminars. Lectures will focus on particular events and developments in the history of U.S. foreign relations and seminars will focus on historians’ and students’ interpretations of those events.
Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2