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Rethinking the Cold War

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course examines the Cold War, commonly treated as a period of rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States. Considering a global context East-West context, we will explore the ideological conflict of communism/socialism and capitalism from late 1940s to the early 1990s. While focusing on the origins, major episodes and results of the Cold War, we will analyze recently published and declassified historical documents. This will allow discussing both traditional and novel interpretations of the Cold War from diverse and competing perspectives. Approaching the Cold War globally, we will reveal its multiple aspects from conflicts to various forms of cooperation. This will help us to acknowledge both the barriers and the bridges which the Cold War produced. Therefore, the course will overcome the dominant traditional interpretation of the Cold War as of an exclusively political conflict of two superpowers. Uncovering cultural dimensions of the Cold War, we will examine complex interactions of states, institutions, and independent actors. In doing so, we will discuss such themes as the Iron Curtain and its symbolic meanings; modernity and the Cold War; economic competition and the great divergence of the 20th century; decolonization and technological aid to the Third World; confrontation and cooperation in science, technology and culture; technology transfers and encounters of “small” actors; imagining the other; global environmentalism; globalization and confrontation; and legacy of Cold War thinking in post-Cold War world. Upon completion of the course, students will have a firm knowledge of Cold War dimensions, chronology, and historiography.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between different perspectives by drawing on their knowledge of the discipline
  • Practice a range of research skills and scientific methods for studying history
  • Demonstrate a wide range of generic skills, including skills in communication, information processing, teamwork, critical and creative thinking, computing independent learning
  • Distinguish between different perspectives by drawing on their knowledge of the discipline
  • Take a creative approach to using new and existing technologies for educational purposes
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between different perspectives by drawing on their knowledge of the discipline
  • Practice a range of research skills and scientific methods for studying history
  • Demonstrate a wide range of generic skills, including skills in communication, information processing, teamwork, critical and creative thinking, computing independent learning
  • Take a creative approach to using new and existing technologies for educational purposes
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Cold War Basics: Who Started the Cold War?
  • Construction and Studies of Cold War Global Commons (Oceans, Antarctic, Space)
  • Cold War Ideologies
  • Modernity and the Cold War
  • Domestic Fronts of Cultural Cold War
  • Environmental Histories of the Cold War
  • Technopolitics and the Cold War
  • Cold War Engagements: Transnational Contacts during the Thaw
  • Poetics of Atom
  • Hot Art during the Cold War
  • Cold War Materiality, Technology, Transfers and Technological Innovations
  • Global Inequalities and Economic Competition
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class attendance block 1
  • non-blocking Class attendance block 2
  • non-blocking Article review
  • non-blocking Written assignments
  • non-blocking written exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.05 * Article review + 0.1 * Class attendance block 1 + 0.1 * Class attendance block 2 + 0.25 * Written assignments + 0.5 * written exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bresselau von Bressensdorf, A., Ostermann, C., & Seefried, E. (2017). West Germany, the Global South and the Cold War. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1639785
  • Farbøl, R. (2015). Commemoration of a cold war: the politics of history and heritage at Cold War memory sites in Denmark. Cold War History, 15(4), 471–490. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682745.2015.1028532
  • Friedman, J. S. (2015). Shadow Cold War : The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=978177
  • HILGER, A. (2019). The Global Cold War and Its Legacies. Kritika: Explorations in Russian & Eurasian History, 20(1), 208–218. https://doi.org/10.1353/kri.2019.0014

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Krige, J., & Wang, J. (2015). Nation, Knowledge, and Imagined Futures: Science, Technology, and Nation-Building, Post-1945. History & Technology, 31(3), 171–179. https://doi.org/10.1080/07341512.2015.1126022
  • Sarantakes, N. E., & Westad, O. A. (2019). The Cold War: A World History. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A214A659
  • Tony Shaw, & Denise J. Youngblood. (2014). Cinematic Cold War : The American and Soviet Struggle for Hearts and Minds. [N.p.]: University Press of Kansas. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2107963