The United States in the 20th Century


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Teresa Maria Dimas Botelho da Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Ambrose, Stephen E. and Douglas Brinkeley, Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938 (9th revised edition) New York: Penguin, 2012
Chittick, William O., American Foreign Policy: A Framework for Analysis. Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2006
Ferguson, Niall, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, (2nd ed.) New York: Penguin, 2009
Nye, Joseph, Presidential Leadership and the Ceation of the American Era. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013
Strong, Robert A., Decisions and Dilemas: Case Strudies in Presidential Foreign Policy since 1945. (2nd edition) New York: ME Sharpe, 2005
Zakaria, Fareed, The Post-American World.New York: W.W.Norton, 2008

Teaching method

Theoretical introductory exposition of the basic problematics of the syllabus, as contextualization of the primary sources under analysis, followed by student centered group discussions of those primary sources.

Evaluation method

Critical response paper(40%), Writing of short essays in exam form(60%)

Subject matter

1- The workings of the American political system
2- The end of the second world war and the Roseveltian projects of post-war coexistance 
3- the first septs into the Cold War
4- The militarization of containment
5- Kennedy´s reformed foreigh policy
6- The involvment in Vietnam
7- The years of détante
8- Carter and dilemas of human rights based foreign policy 
9- Reagan and the end of the Cold War
10- Bush and the parameters of the"New World Order"
11- Clinton and the reinterpretation of national interest
12- September 11 and the  George W. Bush response
13- Tendencies and priorities of Barak Obama´s foreign policy-