Lecture 1- Jan 14

Lecture 1- Jan 14 - Intl. History of the U.S. in 20th...

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Intl. History of the U.S. in 20 th Century Lecture 1 January 14, 2008 1) Thesis of the course a) Culture counts in U.S. international history b) Interested in the power of the U.S., power of history to create and understanding of politics 2) Definitions of culture a) Culture used as an instrument of foreign policy i) Easiest way to talk about culture ii) Using culture as an instrument of foreign policy b) Culture as commodity i) Selling things ii) Things that have cultural values iii) Things attached to the United States c) Culture as communication i) Construction of meaning ii) Fundamental meaning of how power is established is construction of meaning iii) More important than the other three cultures d) Culture as historiography i) Constructing culture ii) Discourse—politics of language that determine meaning, establishes the realm in which we work and think 3) 20 th Century a) More continuity than other eras in U.S. history b) Anti-imperialism as a cause for American Empire i) Can’t be imperialism because we “civilize the uncivilized”
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