KC Johnson

US Diplomatic History (fall 2022)


  • Research Paper: 50%
  • Participation: 30%
  • Supplementary Reading: 10%
  • Summary Review: 10%

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August 30: Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy

September 6: Expansionism

Robert May, Manifest Destiny’s Underworld

Supplementary Reading: Thomas Hietala, Manifest Design

September 13: Growth of U.S. Power  (articles will be e-mailed) (no review assignment)

  • 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)

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

September 20: Roosevelt

supplementary reading: (John Thompson, Great Power Rising):

Sept. 27, Oct. 4: No class (per college schedule)

October 11: Wilsonianism  and World War I:

Supplementary Reading:

Erez Manela, The Wilsonian Moment

(Thomas Knock, To End All Wars):

October 18: Interwar Imperialism []

Supplementary Reading: (Akira Iriye, After Imperialism):

(Emily Rosenberg, Financial Missionaries to the World):

October 25: Onset of War [Hugo]

Supplementary Reading:

(Ernest May, Strange Victory):

(Akira Iriye, Power and Culture):

November 1: Containment []

Supplementary Reading:

(Thomas Alan Schwartz, America’s Germany):

November 8: Domestic & International Affairs

Mary Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights

supplementary reading:

David Johnson, The Lavender Scare

November 15: Vietnam []

Fredrik Logevall, Embers of War

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

November 29: Third World Adventurism []

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

(James Baker, The Politics of Diplomacy):

December 6: The Cold War Ends

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

(Samantha Power, A Problem From Hell):

December 13: Modern Diplomacy []

Haass, A World in Disarray

Supplementary Reading:  (Robert Gates, Duty):

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