Mandatory reading (for 2424 and 4424):

Bacevich, Andrew J. The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005; 9780195311983. Pp. 1-33, 69-146, 175-204.

Hunt, Michael H. and Steven I. Levine. Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012; 978-1469613925. Pp. 10-119, 185-279.

McMahon, Robert. The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003; 978-0192801784. Pp. 1-168.

Rabe, Stephen G. The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012; 978-0195333237. Pp. xv-xxxvii, 1-195.

Suri, Jeremi (ed.). American Foreign Relations since 1898: A Documentary Reader. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010; 978-1405184472. Pp. 7-234.


Total pages: 879.


Supplemental readings required for 4424 only: Articles marked with * are printed in a compendium available at Akademika.

Buzzanco, Robert. “What Happened to the New Left? Toward a Radical Reading of American Foreign Relations,” Diplomatic History 23, No. 4 (Fall 1999): 575-607.

*Eisenberg, Carolyn Wood. Drawing the Line: The American Decision to Divide Germany, 1944-1949. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Pp. 1-13, 485-93.

Lundestad, Geir. “‘Empire by Invitation’ in the American Century,” Diplomatic History 23, No. 2 (Spring 1999): 189-217.

Perkins, Bradford. “The Tragedy of American Diplomacy: Twenty-Five Years After.” Reviews in American History 12, No. 1 (March 1984): 1-18.

Thompson, J. A. “William Appleman Williams and the ‘American Empire.’” Journal of American Studies 7, No. 1 (April 1973): 91-104.

*Williams, William Appleman. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, fiftieth anniversary edition. 1959, 1972; repr., New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2009. Pp. 27-57, 228-43.


Students in HIS4424 will write a graded take-home examination, submitted online. They need not submit a compulsory assignment.

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