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Welcome to the Research Guide for HIST5600: Twentieth Century United States Foreign Relations

This guide is designed to provide you with important starting points and other resources for research on a topic in the history of U.S. foreign policy. The course takes a "presentist" approach to the subject, which means you'll start with a current issue in U.S. foreign policy and then conduct research to understand its origins, sources, or foundations in the past. An understanding of the historical context for current issues is a valuable tool for making sense of continuities, discontinuities, and the options for policy. By the same token, approaching history from a prospective position, where it is possible to see people in the past weighing decisions and options (and imagine them without the benefit of hindsight) provides a deeper understanding of past events.

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