HI6026 US Foreign Policy and Contemporary History

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HI6026 US Foreign Policy and Contemporary History

10 credits.

This option will examine the history of contemporary US foreign policy. It will analyse key issues in the history of US foreign policy during the Cold War and after. It will engage with the primary concerns in the superpower relationship, and the changing contexts after the end of the Cold War and after 9/11.

Contemporary issues and concepts pertinent to contemporary history will inform the structure and content of the module. Concepts and phenomena including relative power, hegemony and empire, multilateralism, leadership and credibility, nationalism and self-determination, revolution, cold war, war, military intervention, decline and issues such as ‘soft’ and ‘smart’ power, major debates including the end of History, the clash of Civilizations and orientalism will inform our analysis of events in contemporary history and US foreign policy.

Module coordinator: Prof. David Ryan.