U.S. History in Transnational & Global Perspective 2

America and the World since 1898

New York University Abu Dhabi, Spring 2012/Spring 2014 (HIST-AD 168)
History – Regional Course: Atlantic World

Research Guide

Rethinking the traditional narratives of U.S. history, this course explores the country’s past from a transnational and global perspective. Chronologically, it covers America’s interaction with the wider world from the Spanish-American War to the presidency of Barack Obama, examining America’s emergence as a global power leading up to World War I, the progressive reform movement, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the African American civil rights struggle, the political turmoil of the 1960s, Watergate, as well as the “conservative revolution” of the 1980s, the end of the Cold War and America after 9/11.

Readings and classroom discussions focus on the major political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the “American century” and the country’s present, reevaluating the allegedly “exceptional” elements of U.S. history in relation to networks, identities, and events that transcended the nation-state.