U.S. and the World Since 1945: Cold War Empire and Global Decolonization
General Catalog Course Title:
U.S. and the World Since 1945: Cold War Empire and Global Decolonization
Terms Offered:
Spring 2014
Fall 2012
Fall 2011

This course traces the history of the U.S. and the World since 1945 through the distinct lens of the emerging U.S. economic, military and political empire during the Cold War amidst a broader context of global decolonization. Students will embark on a tour that traces the roots and routes of U.S. influence around the world following World War II by examining how expansive U.S. military, political and economic power engaged with anti-colonial struggles, spotlighting these relational histories in Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and Indian Oceans, the Middle East and Latin America. Students will comparatively analyze how decolonizing populations negotiated their position between two competing imperial powers during the Cold War, and the economic, political and social implications of these encounters in each space of contest.

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