Jon M Bridgman
Declining role of Europe in the world and rise of the United States from 1914 to 1945.
In 1914, although the United States was the greatest economic power in the world, it played only a minor role in world affairs. By 1945 the United States had been transformed into the dominant world power. In this course we will examine how this not at all self-evident transformation took place. There are two aspects to the question: the rapid decline of the European Great Powers and the parallel rise of the United States.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Any reading on history or biographies of the period would no doubt be useful.
Class assignments and grading
There will be one midterm in addition to the final. The paper assignment has yet to be determined.