Skip to Content

America's Wars/America's Empire - MHIS372

The United States is reportedly a nation in decline, as it confronts a multiplicity of global military and economic challenges. By examining the global ascent of the United States, and the enduring tension between isolationism and internationalism, this unit provides historical context for understanding the current crises facing the United States. As well as paying specific attention to the role of military power in driving US foreign policy, this unit considers the ideological, political, and cultural imperatives that have underpinned the American Empire. Specific topics include American exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and America's acquisition of empire, the United States and the two World Wars, the Cold War, the post-Cold War world, and 9/11 and the War on Terror.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Professor Chris Dixon, Professor Sean Brawley

39cp at 100 level or above or (6cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units at 200 level including 3cp in HIST or MHIS units) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): MHIX372
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
Need help? Ask us.