Fall 2015

The U.S. in the World: 1756-1898

Listed in: History, as HIST-156


Vanessa Walker (Section 01)


[US] This course is an introduction to the major trends and developments in U.S. foreign relations from the nation’s rise from a loose coalition of colonies on the Atlantic seaboard to a continental and world power by the beginning of the twentieth century. This course will seek to understand the effect of expansion on the nation’s values, institutions, and history, and examine the methods used to extend the nation’s borders, trade, and influence. It engages “foreign relations” in broad terms to incorporate ideology, race, gender, technology, economics, geopolitics, and culture as important forces in shaping the United States’ understanding of and behavior toward the world. The country’s domestic character critically determined the ways in which the nation’s power took shape on the world stage, even as global interactions shaped nascent U.S. institutions and identities. This course will examine how economic and security needs shaped foreign policy goals, while social norms and domestic values informed the ways Americans interacted with other societies.  Three class meetings per week.

Limited to 60 students. Fall semester.  Professor Walker.

If Overenrolled: preference given to history majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2019