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EJPR 12A04 - Winter Workshop - Behind the News: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 15

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will examine the religious influence on the politics of American national security. The approach will be historical, but with an eye to understanding the role of religion in contemporary US politics and foreign policy. We will briefly examine the deep historical background of religion's role in American war and diplomacy before turning our attention to three presidential case studies: 1) presidents from John F. Kennedy to Jimmy Carter; 2) George W. Bush; 3) Barack Obama.


PRESTON, Andrew (Professor of History)

Pedagogical format

In the mornings, I will give a lecture (and encourage the students to be interactive), and in the afternoons I will lead a seminar on the lecture/reading material in which the students will be expected to do the bulk of discussion.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to do participate actively and to hand in a small research paper of 5 pages within one month after the end of the workshop (by Feb. 19th)

Required reading

Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (New York, 2012)

Additional required reading

  • Frank Costigliola and Michael J. Hogan, eds., Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations, 3rd edition, (Cambridge, 2016)
  • Matthew Avery Sutton and Darren Dochuk, eds., Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics (Oxford, 2016)