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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2005

HIS 381 • Cold War

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38847 T
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course aims to introduce graduate students to the historiography of the Cold War, ideally to prepare them for research in this field. The seminar is focused on the United States but is not strictly a course in American history. We will view the Cold War as a multinational, transcultural phenomenon, and students from a wide variety of disciplines and geographical specializations are welcome. For the first few weeks, the seminar will consider the evolution of Cold War history from the first scholarly works in the 1950s until the early 1990s, tracing the development of the orthodox, revisionist, and post-revisionist schools of thought about the Cold Wars origins and the nature of U.S. decision-making. The course will then examine the three most important recent trends in Cold War scholarship. First, it will consider several works that draw on newly available archival sources from the Soviet bloc, China, Vietnam, and elsewhere. Second, the course will examine several works that use recently declassified U.S. documents to write authoritatively for the first time about the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, the class will explore scholarship emphasizing culture and ideology in explaining international decision-making.


Required texts will likely include some or all of the following: John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment; Greg Grandin, The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War; George F. Kennan, American Diplomacy; Jussi Hanhimäki, Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy; Williiam Taubman, Khrushchev; Salim Yaqub, Containing Arab Nationalism; Andrew J. Rotter, Comrades at Odds; Douglas Little, American Orientalism; Maria Höhn, GIs and Fräuleins; and several articles.


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