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
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.