HIST263 - The Making of Modern America to 1945

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Incompatible: HIST224 Rise of the United States
Teaching Organisation: Nil

The era from the end of the Revolutionary War through the Second World War was a formative period in the development of the modern United States. This unit introduces students to that period of history, which is vital to understanding many of the contemporary aspects of American social, cultural, political and economic values which are still apparent today.

This unit traces the history of the United States from the end of the Revolutionary War until the Second World War, with emphasis placed on domestic affairs. Studies include the growth of the American economy, war and American society, emergence of the modern presidency, urbanisation and frontiers, social movements and the roles of gender and race in shaping modern American society.

The aim of the unit is to explore the ways that changing demographics and political cultures influenced the historic development of nation-states, in this case the United States.