Course Abstract

History 382, “US Diplomatic History,” with Professor Matthew Pinsker, meets at Dickinson College during fall semester 2011 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 130pm in Denny 110.  Course texts include Walter McDougall’s Promised Land, Crusader State (1997), Stacy Schiff’s A Great Improvisation (2005), and John Lewis Gaddis’s The Cold War (2005) as well as numerous articles by leading scholars such as Robert Ferrell, Walter LaFeber and Walter Russell Mead to name a few.  Students in the course will undertake a multi-media assignment in Google Maps as well as in-depth writing assignments that include an essay on historiography and an extensive narrative paper on a critical episode in American diplomatic history prior to 2001.