History Department
History Department

Kazushi Minami

MA, University of Texas at Austin; BA, Kyoto University,

Ph.D. Candidate
Kazushi Minami



U.S. Foreign Relations, Modern China & East Asia, International History


Kazushi Minami is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department and a graduate fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, titled "Rebuilding the Special Relationship: Public Diplomacy, Non-Governmental Exchanges, and the Reconstruction of U. S.-Chinese Relations, 1964-1980," explores the role of informal diplomacy in the improvement of U.S.-Chinese relations during the Cold War. His research in the United States and China has been supported by the Institute of International Education, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Kounosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the D. Kim Foundation. In 2015-2016, he was a visiting research fellow at Nankai University in China.


"Re-examining the end of Mao’s revolution: China’s changing statecraft and Sino-American relations, 1973–1978" (Cold War History)

"Oil for the Lamps of America? Sino-American Oil Diplomacy, 1973-1979" (Diplomatic History)


HIS S315L • The United States Since 1865

82975 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.112

This class is a survey of U.S. history from the end of the Civil War to the present. Instead of memorizing names and dates, students will think about big questions in U.S. history that continue to affect our lives today—for example, why did the United States fight so many wars in the past 150 years? Through readings, lectures, and assignments, we will analyze facts, interrogate evidence, and craft arguments to answer these questions. In other words, this class encourages students to think like a historian. Students are required to complete assignments in a timely manner and participate actively in discussions and activities.

Required Texts:

1. Brands, Henry William. REVEL for Learning U.S. History, Semester 2. London, United Kingdom: Pearson, 2017.

2. Primary sources and other readings will be posted on Canvas.


Attendance 10%
Group Work 10%
Image Analysis 10%
Document Analysis 10%
Movie Analysis 10%
Reading Quizzes 20%
Final Exam 30%

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