HIST-2412B History of the United States

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the colonial period up to date. Since it is virtually impossible to examine thoroughly the American historical experience in just one semester, we will strive to focus on some of its most significant episodes and issues: the imperial rivalry in the conquest of North American territory, the movement for independence, the Civil War, the importance of immigration, the age of industrialization, the world wars, the 60´s decade, among others . In particular, we will take a look at the historical development of the American international relations and their role in the formation of the United States. The U.S. expansion along the 19th and 20th century had a remarkable influence in the formation of an American identity that we will try to understand during this semester. Similarly, the class will analyze the influence of American history at an international level. In our current world, in which globalization is marked by a strong U.S. influence, not only in military, political and economic terms, but also in social, cultural and scientific ones as well, as understanding today the role of the United States in history is of the essence.




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