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Lesson Purpose

A lesson that draws a connection between the realpolitik practiced during the Nixon administration and George Washington’s foreign policy practices. Students explore the application of modern foreign policy styles to 18th-century diplomatic situations and make interdisciplinary connections between history and government/civics. This resource was created by 2013-2014 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Hannah Markwardt. 



  • Students will define realpolitik and ideological foreign policy styles
  • Students will apply those modern foreign policy styles to 18th century situations
  • Students will use textual evidence to make an argument about Washington’s diplomatic precedents

Related Standards

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Writing Standards
  • Principles of Democracy
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Time, Continuity, and Change


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