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To all those interested in American history

700153A: American Political History from 1865 onward (5 ECTS)

(Lecture Course taught in English by Ari Helo. Registration now open in Weboodi).

March 14 - April 19: Tu 16-18 and Wed 14-16

 

ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTION FOR THE FOLLOWING HISTORY COURSE:

700325A Valinnaiset historian lähialat, 5op. Courses in Related Fields of History

 

LECTURES

1. INTRODUCTION: THE CONCEPT OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDING

 - Equal rights, republicanism and constitutionalism in the American political tradition

2. THE MAJOR CONSEQUENCES OF THE CIVIL WAR

 - 1877 Compromise and the disappearance of Ku Klux Klan; ”Separate but Equal” Decision; Major lines of African-American history until Martin Luther King Jr. 1963

3. THE CONQUEST OF THE WEST AND THE FRONTIER THESIS

 - Native Americans; The Wild West in reality, in contemporary and later popular culture, and in the academic Frontier theory.

4. THE PROGRESSIVE ERA

- How the Other Half Lives?; Muckrackers; Populists; Progressives

5. THE SECOND MANIFEST DESTINY: IMPERIALISM AND WW I

- The Second Manifest Destiny; Theodore Roosevelt;  "The Constitution follows the flag but doesn’t quite catch up with it”; Woodrow Wilson; ”Johnny got his Gun”; Americans in Europe; The First Red Scare 1919

6. THE GREAT DEPRESSION

 - Scopes Trial 1925; Stock Market Crash 1929; FDR’s New Deal and the 1930s.

7. WW II AND THE IRON CURTAIN OF THE 1950s

- Fighting Hitler and Japan; McCarthyism; Foreign Policy developments from the Monroe Doctrine to Kennan and the Domino Theory; the Cold War Era.

8. THE TUMULTOUS 1960s.

- Kennedys; "Violence is as American as a Cherry Pie“; Civil Rights Movement and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.

9. FROM VIETNAM AND WATERGATE TO RONALD REAGAN

- The Vietnam Wars; Nixon; Carter and the Helsinki Process; Ronald Reagan

10. CLINTON’S GLOBALIZATION POLICY AND THE WAR ON TERRORISM

- Fukuyma’s The End of History and Free market globalization; From Albright’s ”Rogue States” to Bush’s ”Axis of Evil”

11. CULTURE WARS, OBAMA, AND TRUMP

Religious fundamentalism since 1910; the 1990s Culture Wars and the present ones.

12. THE EXAM (2 essays to be written)

 

OBLIGATORY READING PACKAGE (TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER, approx. 150 pp.)

Last updated: 11.1.2017