Overview of major events and themes in transatlantic history from 1776 to the present|
Knowledge of relevant developments in American history and culture that affected European politics and society
Ability to compare the historical developments in the United States and Europe
Overview of the trans-Atlantic exchange of people, goods, money, ideas and practices.
Knowledge of relevant academic concepts such as transnational history, globalization, Americanization and cultural transfer
This course explores the complex relations between Europe and the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Starting point is the founding of the American Republic during the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth century. While the “first new nation” tried to distance itself from Europe during the nineteenth century cultural connections remained and new ties were forged by immigration and trade as the United States emerged as the agricultural and industrial power house of the world. This course will examine how in becoming a global power during what has been dubbed the “American Century” the United States determined the fate of Europe during the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, emerged as an international ally, an important trading partner, and an irresistible, yet controversial, reference culture for European society. The course will also explore how recent years have, however, seen a debate about consequences of geopolitical changes in a Post-American Europe. Students will learn to use academic concepts such as transnational history, globalization, Americanization, anti-Americanism, and cultural exchange. This course offers an essential framework for our understanding of the exchange of peoples, goods, economic models, ideas and cultural patterns that defined the Atlantic World.
|Entry requirements |Required materials|
Costs of materials
|LiteratureMary Nolan, The Transatlantic Century:
Europe and America, 1890-2010 (Cambridge University Press, most recent edition)
Susan-Mary Grant, A Concise History of the United States of America (Cambridge University Press, most reecent edition)|
Class session preparationStudents are expected to read the assigned literature closely and to come to class prepared for a thorough discussion of the reading material. All students also prepare weekly web-based reading reports.
Contribution to group workAll students are expected to contribute to the preparation of oral presentations in small groups, which will involve Web-based assignments.
Aspects of student academic development
| • Academic thinking, working and acting • Communication skills • Knowledge leverage in a wider context |
Apply scientific knowledge in social issues