HIST225 - Us Foreign Policy Since 1945

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: Nil

International history and diplomatic history have their own methodologies and types of sources used in research and writing. Studying the history of US foreign policy since 1945 is an opportunity to learn those methodologies while also gaining an introduction to the dominant forces that have shaped the international order since the Second World War.

This unit traces the development of the foreign policy of the United States of America from the end of World War II through the Cold War and into the post September 11 2001 era. The unit will examine external factors shaping US foreign policy, as well as the impact and consequences of US foreign policy on a variety of regions around the globe.

The aim of this unit it to engage students with the main approaches that historians use to research and write about diplomatic and international history, and to provide them with an understanding of the ways the United States has shaped (and been shaped by) the contemporary global order.