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This course explores the role of the United States in the wider world, from the time of the American Revolution to the present. We discuss the tension between idealism and self-interest as American international policy evolved, from the first alliance with France, through the Monroe Doctrine, westward expansion, imperialism, the rise of Asia, colonialism and the challenges of the cold war, to engagement with Islamic societies. How has the United States defined itself and its role in a changing world? How has the world responded to American ideas, policies, and power?


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