PSCI 262 America and the Cold War

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as LEAD262
This course examines the rise and fall of the Cold War, focusing on four central issues. First, why did America and the Soviet Union become bitter rivals shortly after the defeat of Nazi Germany? Second, was one side primarily responsible for the length and intensity of the Cold War in Europe? Third, how did the Cold War in Europe lead to events in other areas of the world, such as Cuba and Vietnam? Finally, could the Cold War have been ended long before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989? Political scientists and historians continue to argue vigorously about the answers to all these questions. We examine both traditional and revisionist explanations of the Cold War, as well as the new findings that have emerged from the partial opening of Soviet and Eastern European archives. The final section of the course examines how scholarly interpretations of the Cold War continue to influence how policymakers approach contemporary issues in American foreign policy.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: one medium length paper, an in-class midterm and final exam, and a series of short assignments
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Prerequisites: none; PSCI 202 is recommended but not required
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors and Leadership Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership,PSCI International Relations Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1498
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PSCI 262 LEC America and the Cold War Division 2: Social Studies James McAllister
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