Power and Paranoia: The Presidency of Richard Nixon 1968-1974

Ref: C3746844

At first glance, Richard Nixon appears to be one of the most successful and effective of all the post-war American presidents. With his astounding triumphs, from being the first Western leader to travel to Communist China, to limiting the nuclear arms race with the USSR, talking to the first astronauts on the Moon, and initiating the first welfare reform programme at home, Nixon was seen as a most effective president. All this, however, was eclipsed by the Watergate scandal - a product of Nixon's obsession with his enemies, both real and imagined. This four week course will assess the main features of the Nixon presidency, examining his politics and policies, both at home and abroad, and the personal and mental traumas which eventually drove him to resignation and disgrace. 'History will treat me fairly' Nixon once said. Famous last words...

Course aim

Of all American presidents, Richard Nixon remains one of the most controversial. This course provides an introduction to the Nixon years, examining the main features of his presidency, from his triumphs to his resignation over the Watergate scandal.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explain the overall achievements and outcomes of the Nixon presidency.
  • discuss the main features and priorities of Nixon's foreign policy
  • discuss the main features and priorities of Nixon's home policy
  • explain the events and the underlying objectives and outcomes of the Watergate scandal
  • explain the main features of the Nixon presidency in an historical perspective

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No previous knowledge of the Nixon presidency is required, although it would be great if anyone who remembers the period could offer some of their own experiences and reminiscences of the time. Otherwise just bring yourself. You'll be very welcome.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Power and Paranoia: The Presidency of Richard Nixon 1968-1974

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