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HISTORY

HIST-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

HIST-496
N01
HISTORY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Literary Russia

Students travel to Moscow, St, Petersburg, and Yasnaya Poliana to explore nine short stories published between 1830 and 1956 by nine renowned Russian writers in the context of their times through museums and cultural sites. Meets with HIST-096/696 N01.

HIST-496
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Postwar America, 1945-1970

The world, and America's role in it, changed dramatically in 1945 with the victory over Germany and Japan, the death of Franklin Roosevelt, the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the early tensions with the Soviet Union that would erupt into a dangerous Cold War. Making extensive use of film, in addition to written sources, this course traces those changes as well as aspects of American life that remained largely unaffected over the next quarter century. Topics include the Cold War at home and abroad; film and society; the nuclear arms race; McCarthyism; the changing role of women; the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the rise of the military-industrial complex; suburbanization and consumerism; the black liberation, women's rights, anti-nuclear, and gay rights movements; the CIA's secret wars; the New Left and 1960s counterculture; the persistence and resurgence of conservatism; and American society, culture, sexuality, media, and politics broadly construed. Meets with HIST-696 001.

HIST-496
002
HISTORY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Cultural Cold War 1917-1991

This course discusses the cultural aspect of the Cold War defined by intellectual exchanges, exhibitions, jazz, rock music, and films. Throughout the geopolitical standoff, US-Soviet cultural engagements, full of contradictions and distortions, remained powerful. The course explores the role of politicians and cultural ambassadors in shaping Soviet and American cultural perceptions and stereotypes of each other. Topics include the political use of culture, the role of ideology in culture formation and everyday life, the export of cultural images, reflections of the Cold War in culture, and lasting Cold War stereotypes, which affect Russian-American relationships even today. At the center of the course is exploration of cultural diplomacy as an effective tool for establishing relations between two competitors on the international scene. The readings include recent academic studies about the Cold War, biographies, autobiographies, and a spy novel. Meets with HIST-696 002.