Instructor: Adam Howard
HIST 2340: 20th Century U.S. Diplomatic History Fall- 2011
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Prof: Even though it wasnt what we traditionally think of as a war, the people and policymakers
of both the US and USSR saw it as one; a war for mankind both actors needed to engage in.
Stalins Speech at Bolshoi Theater, February 1946
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Prof: McKinley presidency was a watershed, FP was no more proactive, expansive, aggressive.
McKinley was assassinated and TR comes into power and he is the most proactive
Between 1865 and 1898, the US goes from reactive, to proactive and actively pushing its
interests abroad. These changes occurred for several different reasons:
- As the US economy develops and new technology comes about, it becomes more
capable of impacti
Professor: Open Door Policy was devised with China in mind primarily BUT some of the
concepts and ideas had much wider implications or American foreign policy
Islands from the Spanish-American war were important because of their proximity to Asia and
Under the Articles of Confederation, states were sovereign and were thought of as different
countries. We werent centralized. This same mentality even existed up until the Civil War.
Under the AoC, there were no taxes. Amendments needed to be unanimously
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By the early 1970s, Detente was already facing difficulties. Mostly because it wasnt popular
with conservatives (who wanted more consistent and greater ideological confrontation) or
liberals (who thought that the emphasis Kissinger and Nixon placed on nat
Prof: Americas basic policy was to integrate as much of Asia as possible into a new, liberal,
capitalist, world order. But it didnt look like it was going to be easy to do so. 1945-1950 saw
incredible turmoil in Asian history. Old elites were discredited,
Paper Topic #2:
The origins of the Cold War lie in the ideas and perceptions of policymakers from the United
States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union during the years between 1945 and 1947. Define
George Kennans perspective on early Cold War relations
Over the course of human history, powerful states have become empires in order to
strengthen their own security and enhance the prosperity of their people. Some have
argued that, to the extent that one may characterize the United S
Possible Essay Questions:
Session 14: Origins of the Cold War
Context: During the first few years after World War II, the American view of the Soviet
Union changed from one of mistrust to one of overt hostility. This change, of course,
marked the inceptio
Dollar Diplomacy- Primarily during the Taft administration.
Prof: Not just exploitative/economic focused, but a much grander American effort to spread
institutions and ideals around the world. Humanitarian AND economic.
- Investment banks becom
For final paper: Draw parallels to long term trends, not just whatever Brazinsky talks about with
that particular issue.
Prof: Need to understand Vietnam as a civil war before the US became involved.
Frances harsh colonization and domination provoked se
Eisenhower takes over in 1952, ending the Democrats 20 year hold on the White House.
- Reducing domestic spending.
- Save the Republican Party.
- Fear of the military industrial complex.
Prof: While Eisenhower didnt necessarily oppose Trumans FP,
Prof: Economy was tanking in the early 1990s, and Bush seemed uncaring. Clinton, therefore,
campaigned on economics and domestic issues and won. Much of FP was not a concern for
Clinton initially. Nevertheless, there were several new challenges after the
- Pioneer in the field of Political Science
- President of Princeton, Governor of New Jersey
- Elected on domestic reform
- US had an obligation to spread democracy, liberal capitalism, and similar norms.
Wilson Speech in 1913
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Midterm: 3 document quotes, 2 quotes from mystery sources, essay
FDR took American FP and diplomacy on a long and convoluted journey from pacifism to war.
A journey that was courageous on his part to take, and one absolutely necessary to maintain a
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Prof.: Everybody in their lives comes to a situation where they learn to do something new. The
Spanish-American war was the war where the US learned to how to be a major intl
HIST 2340-US Diplomatic History after 1900
Best of Whats Around: Roosevelt and the Nature at Yalta
The destructiveness of World War II ravaged the world for six years, and saw millions of
lives ended at the hands of more ho