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Wilton B Fowler
HSTAA 461
Seattle Campus

Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1901

Foreign policy of the United States government prior to the twentieth century. Emphasis on international wars, territorial expansion, and the peculiarities of the American position in world politics.

Class description

Students can expect learn, in detail, the history of the foreign relations of the United States government, prior to the 20th century. There will be emphasis on international wars, the foreign dimension of the Civil War, territorial expansion, and the peculiarities of the unaligned position of the United States in world politics. Some limited attention will be given to related economic, social, and cultural questions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

HSTAA 202, if possible. Or, read a survey textbook in American diplomatic history, for example the one by Howard Jones.

Class assignments and grading

Two short analytical papers (3 pages each), based on readings from the course problem book; a longer research paper (10-12 pages) on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor; a final exam (essay questions).

Required Reading

Dennis Merrill and Thomas G. Paterson, eds., Major Problems in American Foreign Relations

Grading Percentages

Short Papers (each) 20% Long Paper 35% Final Exam 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 11/05/2000