By: Northeastern University
Focuses on how historical information influenced decision making in the US during four policy-making episodes of the post-World War II era: the confrontation with the USSR during the Cold War; the expansion of the Welfare State during the 1960s; the War in Vietnam; The Reagan Revolution. The course has four sections corresponding to the four selected policy contexts. Classes within each section focus on decisions made by policy makers as these episodes evolved and asks students to address four questions: (1) Why did decision-makers do what they did? (2) To what extent were they guided by their understanding of history? (3) How accurate was the historical information they used? (4) How usefully did they apply their historical understanding to the situation at hand?.