Honors | Force & Diplomacy in the Nuclear Age
Y210 | 3710 | D. Spechler

6:30-8:30P  T  WH 109

This seminar will deal with ways in which force and diplomacy have
been used to insure national security and promote natioal interests in
the nuclear age. Special topics may include the decisions to develop
and employ the first atomic bomb; the role of force and diplomacy in
the origins of the Cold War; the beginning and escalation of the
nuclear arms race; the role of nuclear weapons in the defense of
Europe; the causes of and lessons learned from the Cuban Missile
Crisis; the rise and results of detente; the process, achievements,
and future of arms control; and efforts to deal with the legacy of the
nuclear arms race -- the problems of nuclear proliferation,
environmental damage, and safety in the post-Cold War world.

Weekly readings will be 50-60 pages, including many original source
documents (memoirs, letters, speeches) and news articles from the past
and present, as well as scholars' discussions of the issues. Writing
assignments will total approximately 20-25 pages. There will be a
midterm and a final.