HIST135 - COLD WAR: GLOBAL HISTORY

Description: 
Pundits never tire of proclaiming that we are entering a “new Cold War.” Like all historical analogies, this one demands close attention to the original. The Cold War was not just a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, but a geopolitical force-field within which the world developed for nearly five decades. This course explores the Cold War as a global contest pitting the scientifically planned economy against the free market, the purpose-driven society against the individual pursuit of happiness – a battle for hearts and minds waged in the realm of politics, ideas, technology, and culture. We will investigate the contest’s origins, the formation of opposing blocs, the interplay between periods of tension and détente, and the relationship between the center of the conflict in the North Atlantic/European arena and its global periphery - as well as the Cold War’s sudden and unforeseen end. Curiosity about Cold War history and a willingness to explore its drama and complexity are the only prerequisites for this course. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed.
Instructors: 
NATHANS, BENJAMIN
Day and Time: 
MW 1100AM-1200PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 200
Activity: 
LEC
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    Registration Notes: 
    SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCE SECTOR