KC Johnson

US Diplomatic History (fall 2019)


  • Research Paper: 50%
  • Participation: 30%
  • Study Questions/Supplementary Reading: 20%

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August 27: Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy

September 3: Expansionism  [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading: Robert May, Southern Dream of a Caribbean Empire:

September 10: Growth of U.S. Power  (articles will be e-mailed) Study questions:

  • Cyrus Veeser, “Inventing Dollar Diplomacy,” Diplomatic History 27, pp. 302-328.
  • Michael Devine, “Was James G. Blaine a Great Secretary of State?,” Diplomatic History 27, pp. 689-694.
  • Daniel Rodgers, “In Search of Progressivism,” Reviews in American History 10, pp. 1-21.
  • Stephen Valone, “‘Weakness Offers Temptation’: William H. Seward and the Reassertion of the Monroe Doctrine,” Diplomatic History 19, pp. 583-600.

Supplementary Reading:  (Walter LaFeber, The New Empire):

September 17: International Relations of the 19th Century Middle East  [Study questions:

Supplementary Reading: (James Field, United States and the Mediterranean World; 

September 24: Roosevelt [Study questions:

supplementary reading: (Bruce Calder, The Impact of Intervention):

October 1 & 8: No class (per college schedule)

October 15: Wilsonianism   Study questions:

Supplementary Reading: (Thomas Knock, To End All Wars):

October 22: Interwar Imperialism [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading: (Akira Iriye, After Imperialism):

(Emily Rosenberg, Financial Missionaries to the World):

October 29: Onset of War [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading:

(Julian Hurstfield, America and the French Nation):

(Akira Iriye, Power and Culture):

November 5: Containment [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading: (Melvyn Leffler, A Preponderance of Power):

(Thomas Alan Schwartz, America’s Germany):

November 12: Vietnam [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading: (Thomas Alan Schwartz, Lyndon Johnson and Europe):

November 19: Third World Adventurism [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading:  (James Mann, The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan): 

(James Baker, The Politics of Diplomacy):

December 3: The Road to 9/11 [study questions: Javier, Jeannette]

Supplementary Reading:  (Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11):

(Samantha Power, A Problem From Hell):

December 10: Modern Diplomacy [study questions: ]

Supplementary Reading:  (Robert Gates, Duty):

  • Packer, Our Man


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