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Course Description

In this discussion class/seminar we will read the first five chapters of David Milne, "Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy." It will focus on five significant shapers of U.S. foreign policy: Alfred Thayer Mahan, the controversial author of The Influence of Sea Power upon World History and confidant of Theodore Roosevelt; Woodrow Wilson, who wished to drastically reform the conduct of international politics; Charles Beard, a now largely forgotten best-selling historian whose isolationist writings in the 1930s ridiculed the foreign policies of Wilson and both Roosevelts; Walter Lippmann, the hugely influential journalist who helped mold American foreign policy for more than fifty years; and George F. Kennan, the architect of the strategy of Soviet containment. Students are expected to read approximately 25 pages each week. We will read the remaining chapters of this book in a future class.Facilitated Discussion. 
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