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Last approved: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:24:24 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:14:17 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
History (HIST)
U.S. History, 1890-1945
U.S. History, 1890-1945
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A survey of modern U.S. history from the late nineteenth century to the end of WWII. Emphasis on politics, public policy, and culture. Basic readings include biography, autobiography, and contemporary novels.
1. To understand the major developments (and the major figures involved) in American life as well as United States domestic and foreign policy for this period at an advanced undergraduate level. Developments include the chief political, social, intellectual, economic, and diplomatic trends; major figures include social critics and leaders of dissident movements right and left as well as officials. 2. To think historically. That is, to understand that what may seem to be distant events affect more recent developments even down to the present. For instance, we cannot understand the end of the Cold War without understanding its origins four decades earlier. Moreover, we need to recognize that history is a process rather than a batch of discrete events to be cited to make glib parallels in the fashion of the contemporary news media. 3. To synthesize lectures, readings, and (ideally) your own good ideas in succinct short answers and literate, logical, and analytical essays on the midterm and final exam.

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Gen Ed: Humanities
CCAS - GCR: Humanities
ESIA-Americas GCR (Pre2010)
SPHHS-Humanities Courses
SEAS - Humanities Electives

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