Tutor: Shaul Mitelpunkt
Module type: MA Option
Module code: HIS00084M
In his 1941 essay ‘The American Century’ American publicist Henry Luce used the pages of Life magazine to make the case for American involvement in World War II. More than a specific policy recommendation, however, Luce proposed “to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit.” The actual realities of the post-1945 world, however, proved more complicated than that. What was the purpose of American influence? What means did Americans use to increase and maintain hegemony in the Cold War world? And how did non-Americans perceive and react to U.S. designs?
This module examines central themes in the historiography of U.S. and the World, paying attention to different regions, a range of methodologies, and key areas of contention for historians in the field . While paying close attention to economic, diplomatic, military, and organizational factors, we will dedicate significant attention to the ways sensitivity to cultural history, foreign language sources, non-state actors, gender, religion, developmentalism and interdisciplinary influences inform cutting edge research. While the focus of the module is on the United States, the module adopts a transnational approach that would enrich our discussions and allow us to locate the U.S. within the broader history of the late 20th century world.
The provisional outline for the module is as follows:
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