This course focuses on the myriad causes and consequences of Germany's turbulent twentieth century. It addresses issues relating to German involvement in the two world wars, its revival of power and influence in the cold war era, the fall of the Berlin Wall, national reunification, and post-cold war transformations.
This course focuses on the history of diplomacy and conflict in the Middle East from the latter 19th century to the early 21st century. We begin with a brief introduction to political transformations in the Ottoman empire in the decades prior to 1914. The remainder of our time will be spent assessing local, regional, and international conflicts in the Middle East, including the Arab-Israeli wars. The buffeting winds of modernization agendas from World War I to the present forms a continuous analytical thread from beginning to end of the course.
This course covers American foreign policy from 1945 to the present day. It examines the ebb and flow of American political, economic, military, and cultural power and influence around the world, including debates about when, where, and whether the US established hegemonic dominance.