Harvard University,  FAS
Spring 1998

Government 90er

The Domestic Politics of War in the 20th-Century U.S.

Daniel T. Kryder (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Catalog Number: 8726
Half course (spring term). Tu., 2–4.

How have the 4 major wars of the century affected American political competition? Each was fought by a Democratic president who had apparently exhausted the public’s appetite for domestic reform (Wilson in World War I, FDR in World War II, Truman in the Korean War, and LBJ in the Vietnam War). Particular attention will be paid to the effects of these presidents’ war programs on prior patterns of party and ideological competition, as well as on federal, fiscal, race and social policies.


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