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Cold War Landscapes
/ AMST 478
/ ENVI 478
The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union set in motion dramatic changes to the natural and built environments of many nations between 1945 and 1991. Nuclear test and missile launch sites, naval installations, military production operations, and border securitizations are just a few of the most obvious ways in which the stand-off between the two countries altered rural and urban landscapes around the world. But one can also see the Cold War as setting in motion less immediately direct but nonetheless profound changes to the way that many people saw and planned for the environments around them, as evidenced, for instance, by the rise of the American suburb, the reconstruction of postwar Europe, and agricultural and industrial initiatives in many developing nations. We will begin this seminar by exploring several distinct “Cold War landscapes” in the United States, then move on to examining others in Europe and the Soviet Union. We will spend the final weeks of the semester discussing examples from other parts of the world. Our approach to our topics will be interdisciplinary throughout the semester, and students are welcome to write their research papers on any geographical area of the world.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, weekly critical writing, and a final 20- to 25-page research paper
History, Environmental Studies majors if over-enrolled
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Space and Place Electives
HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada