History | B300 4468 The Cold War 1:30-2:20 D BH247 Carlberg
B300 | 4468 | Carlberg

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This course will introduce students scholarly perspectives on the
ideological, political, economic and cultural struggle that took place
between East and West from 1945-1991, which we call the Cold War. This
struggle was of global dimensions and on at least one occasion it brought
civilization to the brink of a thermonuclear war; thus, its historical and
cultural significance can hardly be overestimated. Today, it is very
difficult to imagine that people once argued over (indeed even fought and
died for) the respective merits and evils of Communism and Liberalism, yet
they did. In this class we will seek to resurrect an era, and by doing so,
seek to understand what people are capable of believing, to what extent
they will defend those views, and to what degree it may or may not be
ideas and opinions, but economics and social forces that govern history.