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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Robert Hutchings

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Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs

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REE 385 • The Long Cold War, 1919-1991

44743 • Fall 2012
Meets W 200pm-500pm SRH 3.316
(also listed as HIS 381 )
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THIS COURSE IS CO-TAUGHT: ROBERT HUTCHINGS and JEREMI SURI

The Cold War continues to influence contemporary global politics and policy-making. The institutions that govern our world today from domestic national security structures to international organizations like the UN, NATO, and even international financial institutions were largely shaped by the Cold War. Our ways of understanding international relations were likewise influenced by the omnipresence of military threats, real or imagined, to our security and well-being, which may help explain the over-militarized U.S. response to many post-Cold War security challenges.Today's students and policy-makers must understand the key elements of the Cold War in order to manage contemporary institutions and challenges. This seminar will study the "long history of the Cold War," going back to the early twentieth century and up to the present, for the purpose of illuminating powerful political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological dynamics that continue to shape global power. The course will seek to offer knowledge of origins, an appreciation for inherited legacies, and a recognition of often overlooked opportunities, born of prior experiences. As a whole, this course will use close historical analysis to build a foundation for looking to the future of domestic and especially foreign policy.

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