History of the United States 3
(Az Egyesült Államok történelme 3) in spring 2019
, Wed 10:30–12:00
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-AME-222
description & set texts
The course offers an overview of the history of U.S. foreign policy from the era of isolationism to expansionism, the birth of the American hegemony, and the American century. The class will be divided into two parts, in the first half we will examine the diplomatic history of America. In the second half of the class we will discuss the theory and the mechanics of foreign policy based on the assigned readings. During the semester we will analyze some of the essential foreign policy documents to better understand the challenges, interests, strategies, and doctrines – with consideration to the historical context – that have shaped the diplomatic history of the United States. The central issue of the course is how the American Century evolved and whether it is over, or not.
Recommended Readings: Combs, Jerald A. (1986): The History of American Foreign Policy. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Hunt, Michael H. (1987): Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Frank, Tibor and Magyarics Tamás (2018): Handouts for U.S. History: A Study Guide and Workbook. 3rd. Revised Edition. Budapest: Antall József Knowledge Centre. Janda, Kenneth, Jeffrey M. Berry, and Jerry Goldman (2011): The Challenge of Democracy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. Lind, Michael (2006): The American Way of Strategy. U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Magyarics, Tamás (2014): Az Egyesült Államok külpolitikájának története. Mítosz és valóság: érdekek és értékek. Budapest: Antall József Tudásközpont. Nye, Joseph S. (2015): Is the American Century Over? Cambridge: Polity Press. Valone, Stephen J. (1995): Two Centuries of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Documentary Record. Westport, CT: Praeger.
requirements & assessment
Requirements: Continuous assessment of your work throughout the semester. The final grade will be based on the combined result of the successfully passed end-term exam, completed assignments, as well as on active class participation and regular attendance.
1. End-term exam: 50 Points; the tests will assess the student’s knowledge of the course material and the required readings. The exam is going to be composed of multiple choice and identification questions, document identification, and an essay. Those who are absent on the day of the exam due to medical issue will have the opportunity to retake the test, a medical certificate will be required.
2. Homework: 30 Points; 6 (5 Points) document analysis assignments, students will have to analyze a foreign policy document, its historical significance in American diplomatic history. The paper (1 page long) has to be handed in on the designated date, or can be sent via email before the start of the class. 1 point will be deducted / day for assignments that are submitted late.
3. Classroom participation: 20 Points (10 Points, Attendance / 10 Points, Participation); regular attendance is mandatory (no more than 3 absences), active participation, preparedness for the class, completed reading assignments, and contribution to the class discussion/debate. Being regularly tardy will be considered as an absence; two tardiness will be considered as one absence. Students are required to hand in at the beginning of the class comments, relating to their readings, as proof of their preparedness, which counts for their participation points.
Failing to complete the end-term exam, as well as having more than three absences, will result in a failed grade.