PUNJAB UNIVERSITY MA History Syllabus

COURSE HIS/614 United States After Second World War
1. Brief Description.
This course focuses on the socio-political history of USA in modern times.Her role, importance and responsibilities as super power will also be discussed.
2. Aims and Objectives.
After studying this course, the students will be able to:
¾ Know about the socio-political and economic developments happened in USA in details;
¾ Evaluate the causes and events for becoming her world power. ¾ Understand the international politics.
3. Contents.
™ Post War America: Harry Truman’s Presidentship, his doctrine, Cold War, the Korean War, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership, Cold War and USA Domestic Affairs, Economy and Culture (1945-1960).
™ John F. Kennedy and Lynden Johnson’s Governments, Cuban Missile Crisis, The Vietnam War.
™ President Nixon, Watergate scandal, Gerald Ford’s Presidentship.
™ President Jimmy Carter, Post-Vietnam Foreign Policy, The Civil Rights Movement (1960-1980), The Legacy of Martin Luther King, JR, The Women’s Movement. The Latino Movement, The Native American Movement.
™ President Ronald Reagan, The Society, economy and foreign affairs during Reagan Administration (January 1981- January 1989).
™ The Presidency of George Bush (January 1989-January 1993) End of the Cold War,The Gulf War and foreign affairs. New World Order.
™ President Bill Clinton, his Foreign Policy, Rise of Terrorism.
4. Basic Readings:
Ambrose, Stephen E. Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938, 6th Rev.ed., Viking Penguin, 1991.
Chafe, William H. The Unfinished Journey: American Since World War II, 2nd ed.,Oxford University Press, 1991.
5. Additional Readings:
Allen, Frederick L. The Big Change: America transforms itself, 1900-1950, Harper &Row 1986.
Ambrose, Stephen E.Eisenhower (2 Vols.) Vol. 1: Soldier, General of the Army,President-Elect, 1890-1952 Vol. 2: The President, Simon & Schuster, 1985. Blum, John Morton The Progressive Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johson. W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1982
Blumenthal, Sidney and Thomas Edsall The Reagan Legacy: A Nation Adrift, Pantheon Books, 1988.
Branch, Taylor Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963, Simon and Schuster, 1989.
Brodie, Fawn M. Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character, Harvard University Press, 1983.
Burner, David John F. Kennedy and A New Generation, Scott Foresman & Co., 1988.
Cannon, LOU President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Fitzgerald, Frances Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam,Random House, Inc. 1989.
Flexener, Elenor Century of Struggle: The Women’s Rights Movement in the United States, Rev. ed., Belknap Press, 1975.
Garrow David J. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. & the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Random House, Inc., 1987.
Graebner, Norman A. America As A World Power: A Realist Appraisal from Wilson to Reagan, Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1984.
Herring George C. America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-
1975, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1986.
Kutler Stanley I. The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon, W.W.Norton & Co., Inc. 1992.
Lafeber, Walter America, Russia, and the Cold War, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill Inc., 1987. Neustadt, Richard E. Presidential Power: The Politics of leadership from FDR to Carter, Macmillan Publishing Go., 1980.
Oates, Stephen B. Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr., NAL-Dutton, 1983.
Sitkoff, Harvard The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1980, Hill & Wang, 1981. Sundquist, James L. Politics and Policy: The Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson Years, Brookings Institutions, 1968.
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