HIS 389 • Research in Cold War History
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This course provides graduate students with the opportunity to write a substantial research paper (25-30 pages) on a topic related to the international history the Cold War. Although it is not a requirement, participants are strongly encouraged to choose topics related to the Lyndon Johnson years (1963-1968) and to use the holdings of the Johnson Library. The seminar will spend some time in the first few weeks discussing how to use the library and the particular problems posed by research on the Johnson period.
Over the first six weeks or so, the seminar will also consider a handful of readings selected to promote discussion of some of the major problems of doing research in this field. Most of the semester, however, will be devoted to working through the various stages of the research project: selection of a topic, assembly of an annotated bibliography, and then preparation of a prospectus, outline, rough draft, and final draft. The seminar will meet as necessary to bring each other up to date on the projects and to discuss common problems. In the last two weeks, the seminar will stage a mock conference in which each student will present her/his work as a 15-minute conference paper. Students are invited to get in touch with Mark Lawrence during the summer of 2003 to discuss possible research topics.
Possible books include Warren I. Cohen and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, eds. LYNDON JOHNSON CONFRONTS THE WORLD: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, 1963-1968; Ilya Gaiduk, THE SOVIET UNION AND THE VIETNAM WAR; Mitchell B. Lerner, THE PUEBLO INCIDENT: A SPY SHIP AND THE FAILURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY; Reinhold Wagnleitner and Elaine Tyler May, HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: THE FOREIGN POLITICS OF AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE; and Thomas Schwartz forthcoming survey of U.S. foreign policy during the 1960s.