HIST 388 Fall 2014 Decolonization and the Cold War

The second half of the twentieth century came to be defined by two distinct, yet overlapping and intertwined phenomena: the Cold War and decolonization. In the two decades that followed the end of WWII, forty new nation-states were born amidst the bipolar struggle for global supremacy between the Soviet Union and the United States. Those new nations were swept up in the Cold War competition in ways that profoundly influenced their paths to independence and their postcolonial orders, but they often had transformative effects on the Soviet-American rivalry as well. In this course, students will focus on two related questions: How did decolonization influence the Cold War and the international behavior and priorities of the two superpowers? And what impact did the Cold War exert on the developing states and societies of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America? Course materials will consist of scholarly texts, primary sources, memoirs, films, and fiction.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short papers, and a 10- to 12-page final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors; juniors and seniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa,HIST Group B Electives - Asia,HIST Group E Electives - Middle East,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives,LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1207
HIST 388 - 01 (F) SEM Decolonization & the Cold War Division 2: Social Studies Jessica M. Chapman
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hopkins Hall 105 1207
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