AJL17055 History of the USA: 1917-1945

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024

The course is not taught in Autumn 2024

Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Kenneth Alfred Froehling, M.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Kenneth Alfred Froehling, M.A.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Timetable
Thu 18:00–19:40 L11, except Mon 18. 11. to Sun 24. 11.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( AJL01002 Practical English II || AJ01002 Practical English II ) && ( AJL07002 Intro. to American Studies II || AJ07002 Intro. to American Studies II )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 1/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 1/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course is a study of American history from the American entry into World War I to the end of World War II. It covers an era when the United States was briefly dominant on the international scene at the end of the World War I, only to abandon its leadership role on its own accord after 1920; in which the American people found unrivaled prosperity in the 1920s, only to struggle vainly to prevent the Great Depression of the 1930s from engulfing them-selves; where the general American wish for international isolation was confronted by the totalitarian and expansionist threats of Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union prior to Pearl Harbor in December 1941; and where the US went on to emerge triumphant after fighting in the World War II, thus becoming the strongest military and economic power in the world by 1945. Besides the above, an overview of some of the intellectual and social tensions of this period will be discussed and students will be able to see movies and documentary films which highlight the era.
Syllabus
  • This course is a study of American history from the American entry into World War I to the end of World War II. It covers an era when the United States was briefly dominant on the international scene at the end of the World War I, only to abandon its leadership role on its own accord after 1920; in which the American people found unrivaled prosperity in the 1920s, only to struggle vainly to prevent the Great Depression of the 1930s from engulfing them-selves; where the general American wish for international isolation was confronted by the totalitarian and expansionist threats of Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union prior to Pearl Harbor in December 1941; and where the US went on to emerge triumphant after fighting in the World War II, thus becoming the strongest military and economic power in the world by 1945. Besides the above, an overview of some of the intellectual and social tensions of this period will be discussed and students will be able to see movies and documentary films which highlight the era.
Literature
  • Behr, Edward. Prohibition: Thirteen Years that Changed America (1996)
  • Arthur S. Link & William B. Catton, American Epoch--Volume II: The Age of Frank D. Roosevelt, 1921-1945, 4th ed. (1973)
  • FREIDEL, Frank Burt. Franklin D. Roosevelt : a rendezvous with destiny. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990, viii, 710. ISBN 0-316-29260-5. info
  • HOFSTADTER, Richard. The age of reform : from Bryan to F.D.R. New York: Vintage Books, 1955, vi, 330, x. ISBN 0-394-70095-390. info
Teaching methods
90 minutes seminar per week
Assessment methods
Assessment: in-class exam and an essay.
Language of instruction
English
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
http://elf.phil.muni.cz/elf/course/view.php?id=2382
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2023.
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