HIST264 - From Truman to Trump the Us Since 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 modern United States has witnessed rapid change since the end of World War Two, including social movements and economic trends that have had global resonance. This unit introduces students to the social, economic and political history of the United States in the post-Second World War era with a particular focus on the causes, effects and resistance to social change.

This unit traces the history of the United States from the end of the Second World War until the present day, with emphasis placed on domestic affairs. Studies include the role of the Cold War, US presidents, social movements and the polarising forces of liberalism and conservatism. Particular attention will be paid to the changing statuses of gender, race and sexuality in contemporary American society.

The aim of this unit is to explore the interrelated importance of social, economic and political perspectives on historical eras and events.