American Foreign Policy 101: America's International Relations Past and Present

Podcast-style audio course - 24 Topics & 8 CDs
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Vassar College
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American Foreign Policy 101: America's International Relations Past and Present

Podcast-style audio course - 24 Topics & 8 CDs
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Vassar College
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Follow acclaimed history professor and American foreign policy expert Robert K. Brigham, Ph.D., on a trek across the globe to explore the dramatic events that shaped America and the world.

The great American experiment is one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. How did America transform from a scrappy collection of British colonies into a global superpower?

Through vivid accounts and insightful analysis, Prof. Brigham shows you that America’s ascent into world leadership was neither preordained nor accidental. Rather, from its very beginnings, American foreign policy has been central to the country’s national identity. While the Founding Fathers used foreign relations to secure the young republic’s political experiment, subsequent leaders have consistently wielded American power to ensure the country’s prosperity and security.

As Prof. Brigham ably demonstrates in 24 riveting lectures, America’s role on the world stage has rarely been uncomplicated. Americans have always debated their place in foreign affairs—their wars, their commitments, their interests—and challenged others’ perception of the nation’s power. In fact,

Follow acclaimed history professor and American foreign policy expert Robert K. Brigham, Ph.D., on a trek across the globe to explore the dramatic events that shaped America and the world.

The great American experiment is one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. How did America transform from a scrappy collection of British colonies into a global superpower?

Through vivid accounts and insightful analysis, Prof. Brigham shows you that America’s ascent into world leadership was neither preordained nor accidental. Rather, from its very beginnings, American foreign policy has been central to the country’s national identity. While the Founding Fathers used foreign relations to secure the young republic’s political experiment, subsequent leaders have consistently wielded American power to ensure the country’s prosperity and security.

As Prof. Brigham ably demonstrates in 24 riveting lectures, America’s role on the world stage has rarely been uncomplicated. Americans have always debated their place in foreign affairs—their wars, their commitments, their interests—and challenged others’ perception of the nation’s power. In fact, few issues have divided policy makers and the American public more than US foreign policy.

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This course was previously published as The Surprising Superpower: America’s Place on the World Stage and How it Got There

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Robert K. Brigham, Ph.D., is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College where he has been a faculty member since 1994. He specializes in the history of U.S. foreign policy with particular emphasis on the Vietnam War. Prof. Brigham has won several teaching awards and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of ten books on the Vietnam War, including  Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam (2018); Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power (2008); and Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (1999), which he co-wrote with both famed Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and then-Brown University’s James Blight. The book, Argument Without End, served as the backdrop for Errol Morris’s Academy Award-winning 2003 documentary, The Fog of War. Since 1989, Prof. Brigham has made more than 100 trips to Vietnam to conduct research on the War. He  has lectured at many leading institutions, including Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Praise for Professor Robert Brigham

 “Bob Brigham is one our nation’s finest scholars on US foreign policy and the American war in Vietnam. His scholarly works on the military, diplomatic, and policy aspects of the Vietnam War are indispensable for understanding a Cold War conflict that continues to resonate today. Few, if any, historians and teachers are better suited than Brigham to explain one of the twentieth century’s most complex, and significant, historical events.”
– Gregory A. Daddis, Professor at Chapman University

“Professor Robert Brigham is a nationally recognized scholar and educator known for his work on the Vietnam War.  His most recent book on Kissinger is a remarkable accomplishment that does much to correct the historical record on the Nixon administration and its handling of the war.  Brigham has made and continues to make a major contribution to our understanding of a conflict that almost tore this country apart.”
–  Professor Emeritus of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

“Professor Robert Brigham is the leading expert on the history of the Vietnam War. As a scholar who has carried out research on all sides of the conflict, Professor Brigham is in the unique position to give us a comprehensive view of that tragic conflict.”
– Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, Columbia University

  • The U.S. Constitution and the Origin of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Civil War Diplomacy
  • In Search of Empire
  • That Splendid Little War
  • Dollar Diplomacy
  • World War I
  • The Failed Peace
  • The Coming of the Second World War
  • At War
  • Origins of the Cold War
  • The Truman Doctrine
  • Ike’s New Look
  • Flexible Response in the Kennedy Years
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Nation-Building in South Vietnam
  • The Vietnam War
  • Nixon and Détente
  • A Time to Heal: Ford and Carter
  • The Reagan Offensive
  • The End of the Cold War
  • A New World Order
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • The Global War on Terror

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