HIST7458A: US Internationalism, 1865-1920


Historians frequently write about the 'global' United States of the late-nineteenth century. The state that emerged from the US Civil War (1861-1865) was more centralised than its pre-war predecessor, more comfortable with the nexus of state and capital, and increasingly assertive about its place in world politics. This course will focus on the evolution of American ideas and practices concerning the international community between the Civil War and the Treaty of Versailles.  In particular, we will examine the relationship between U.S. power and the projection of American norms, the impact of global trends on American state and empire building, and the role of non-state-actors in shaping the foreign relations of the United States. Seminars will involve discussions of a mix of primary and secondary sources.

NB: Students are not permitted to take this module alongside the HIST3322/9322 - The American Empire module.

Assessment methods:

  • HIST7458A: 2x 2,500 word essays