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RACE, ETHNICITY, AND AMERICA FOREIGN POLICY
From its inception, the U.S. has been guided by a series of racial principles
in both its North American expansion and its dealings with the outside world.
This course takes a chronological approach from the Revolution to the
current war against terrorism to explore the influences of ethnicity and racial
hierarchy in American foreign policy.
This course is a definite departure from traditional foreign relations
courses. Though following a
chronological timeline from the colonial period to the present, the course will
focus largely on specific case studies in an attempt to be part of an emerging
dialogue to discover ways of exploring the connection between America's domestic
social structure and the dominant ideology of racism in relation to foreign
policies. Among the questions it
seeks to answer are the following:
Through the use of lectures, readings, multi-media (film, posters, political
cartoons), and especially class discussion we will seek to investigate
this fascinating and controversial discipline.
Students may add-drop this course through the end of the second week; those
adding the course late will be responsible for all material covered.
The last day to drop this class without the Dean's approval is May 10.
-- ***Plagiarism/cheating will be treated as automatic failures for the
course and offenders will be referred to the Dean of Academic Affairs.***
Students may access lecture outlines and PowerPoint lectures (uploaded after the lecture) at the following URL address: http://www.timmer.org. Click on History 183A.
Dates to Remember
The following books may be purchased at the UCI Bookstore:
The following readings are on reserve in the Main Library:
The following reading is available on-line:
Topics for the course are as follows:
WEEK 1 -
(4/1 - 4/5):
Krenn, Introduction; DeConde, Ch 1; Horne, "Race From Power"
WEEK 2 -
Colonial expansion and revolution
Reading (4/8 - 4/12):
DeConde, Ch 2; Horsman, Intro, Chs 1,3, 5-9
and Manifest Destiny
(4/15 - 4/19):
Horsman, Chs 10-13, Conclusion; DeConde, Ch 3 (suggested:
Krenn, pp. 48-89)
WEEK 4 -
(4/22 - 4/26):
Akira Iriye, "The Genesis of American-Japanese Antagonism"
(from Krenn, Race and U.S. Foreign Policy from 1900 through World War II);
Hofstadter, "Racism and Imperialism"; Krenn, pp. 90-123.
WEEK 5 -
and the ethnic influence
MAY 3 **MIDTERM**
Reading (4/29 - 5/3):
DeConde, Chs 4-6
WEEK 6 -
World War II as a racial conflict
Reading (5/6 - 5/10):
Dower, 3-181, Epilogue
WEEK 7 -
Rights and the United Nations Charter
(5/13 - 5/17):
Robert Harris, "Racial Equality and the United Nations Charter"
and Paul Gordon Lauren, "First Principles of Racial Equality:
History and the Politics and Diplomacy of Human Rights Provisions in the
United Nations Charter" (From Michael Krenn, Race and U.S. Foreign
Policy during the Cold War pp. 2-51)
WEEK 8 -
"The Ugly American"
(5/20 - 5/24):
Krenn, pp. 227-264; Charles Heimsath, "The American Images of India
as Factors in U.S. Foreign Policy Making" (from Krenn, Race and U.S.
Foreign Policy during the Cold War, pp. 99-119); Fitzgerald, "Prospero,
Caliban, and Ariel" from Fire In the Lake:
The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
African Americans and foreign policy
(5/27 - 5/31):
Krenn, pp. 287-333; Fraser, "Crossing the Color Line in Little
Rock"; DeConde, Ch. 7
- Ethnic Politics
and Foreign Policy II
FINAL EXAM - Wednesday, June 12,