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Nikhil Pal Singh
Seattle Campus

Topics in American History

Seminar on selected topics in American history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description


This graduate readings seminar will focus on comparative and historical approaches to questions of race and imperialism in the modern era. Special attention will be given to the theoretical underpinnings of imperialism, the historical legacies of British imperialism, the ambiguities of US imperialism, and the dilemmas and unfinished history of decolonization.

Readings include (selections from): Uday Singh Mehta, Liberalism and Empire, Frederick Cooper and Ann Stoler, Tensions of Empire, Robert Young, Postcolonialism, Steven Howe, Empire: A Short History, Mary Renda, Taking Haiti, Military Occupation and the Culture of US Imperialism, Robert Remini, Andrew Jackson and his Indian Wars, Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: The Causes and Consequences of American Empire, Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt, Empire, Thomas Hietala, Manifest Design, American Exceptionalism and Empire.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course is designed for graduate students.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.

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 Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/27/2003