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The US and the World: 1776-1900

Dr David Sim

15 credits

Thursdays 9-11, term 2 only


The course investigates the history of the United States in global perspective. In doing so, it draws together much exciting and often contentious recent scholarship that interrogates notions of American exceptionalism and imperialism, and offers a history of the United States deeply embedded in transnational and international currents. From a historiographical perspective, the course focuses on the ways in which historians have theorised the United States' relations with other peoples, nations and empires. Though the study of the United States' relations with the wider world comprise the spine of this course, students will be asked to reflect on the limitations of state power and the agency of non-state actors. In addition, a major emphasis is placed on the way in which domestic and foreign concerns cannot be understood without reference to each other. In particular, students are encouraged to think about the ways in which new work in the fields of race, class and gender have complemented or challenged the way we think about the United States in global perspective.

Assessment: 1 essay of up to 4,000 words

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