Cold War America|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course surveys the aspects of life that made the Cold War era a distinctive period of American history. We will examine the critical transformations in, and interconnections among, politics, culture, science, technology, the arts, and social life. What forms did anti-Communism take in foreign policy and domestically and how did they affect such revolutionary transformations in American society as the civil rights movement? How were American society, culture, and politics changed because of technical developments including nuclear arms, the computer, airplanes, survey research, the birth control pill, and new scientific conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, rationality, and modernity? How did these developments affect the meanings of citizenship, democracy, and even America? We will be examining these questions through both readings (original and secondary) and movies to understand fundamental changes in how Americans lived and understood one another, as well as how they interacted with the emergence of the national security state.
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Suri, Jeremi. POWER AND PROTEST: GLOBAL REVOLUTION AND THE RISE OF DETENTE. Harvard University Press, 2003.
Cuordileone, K.A., MANHOOD AND AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE IN THE COLD WAR.
Borstelmann, Thomas, THE COLD WAR AND THE COLOR LINE.
Gilman, Nils, MANDARINS OF THE FUTURE: MODERNIZATION THEORY IN COLD WAR AMERICA.
Appy, WORKING CLASS WAR.
Gusterson, Hugh, NUCLEAR RITES: A WEAPONS LABORATORY AT THE END OF THE COLD WAR.
Beers, David, BLUE SKY DREAM: A MEMOIR OF AMERICA'S FALL FROM GRACE.
Whitfield, Steven, THE CULTURE OF THE COLD WAR. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.
Robin, Ron, THE MAKING OF THE COLD WAR ENEMY: CULTURE AND POLITICS IN THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.
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