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Topics in History: History of the United States and Cuba, 1898-Present

The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in July 2015 after 54 years. What is the history of that Cold War dispute? This course examines U.S.-Cuban relations from the late 19th century to the present, including the 1898 Spanish American War, the Republican period [1902-1959], causes and development of the Cuban Revolution, the Special Period in Cuba, restored relations in the Obama era, and a reversal since 2016. Students will conduct individual research projects; topics include the history of Guantanamo Bay, the Bay of Pigs invasion, U.S. Immigration and Refugee Policy, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Race and Revolution, and Soviet-Cuban Relations. This course is appropriate for first, second, and third year students. No prerequisite.

Course Number

HIST 212 B1


Johnston, Katherine M.





Course Format Description

Some remote synchronous and/or asynchronous meetings each week, as well as synchronous discussions. Discussions will be in person if room size allows.

Time Slot

Mid Morning



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