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HIST 13184-1: United States in the World

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Instructor: Rebecca McKenna

This seminar explores the international and transnational forces shaping culture in the United States from the late nineteenth- through the twentieth centuries, a period during which the nation presented itself and came to be perceived as a world power. Our class will explore the interplay between foreign relations and internal developments in the United States through this time, focusing especially on culture and its history—culture as an instrument of foreign relations and culture as a body of expressions, beliefs, and practices that were made and remade in Americans’ engagements with peoples and places beyond U.S. borders. In scrutinizing policy statements, presidential addresses, along with poems, short stories, films, painting, and photography, we will explore how Americans have envisioned the world and their place in it, how peoples around the world have understood and experienced U.S. power, and how exchanges between the “foreign” and the “domestic” have shaped what we call American culture.