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198099 Saint Petersburg
17 Promyshlennaya Ulitsa, Room 107

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190008 Saint Petersburg
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Department Head Alexander Semyonov
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Socialist Internationalism and National Classifications at the Comintern Schools (1922-1943)

Matos Franco R. M.

Ab imperio. 2021. No. 3. P. 136-165.

Book chapter
Spells of Materialist Magic, or Soviet Children and Electric Power

Chunikhin K.

In bk.: The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children. University of Toronto Press, 2021. P. 265-298.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Rethinking the Cold War

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
4 year, 3 module


Course Syllabus


This network 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. The course introduces cultural and technological dimensions of the Cold War which, as we will see, were not entirely subordinate to the political and diplomatic history of the period. This is a network course with Indiana University. Seminars will take place on zoom, and some topics will be discussed with American students. In order to complete the course successfully, students will have to prepare and present a research project on the Cold War together with students from Indiana.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Within the course, students will master skills of critical reading, which is especially crucial for emerging scholars. Ultimately, the course will cover topics from cinema to space race in order to demonstrate the dramatic effects the Cold War produced onto various aspects of human activity. This course will interest students specializing in various areas from economics to history.
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

    The Cold War basics; the main approaches to the Cold War; the notion of stereotype and its matter in history and presence
    The notion of atom; the role of atom in the late 20th century
    Nation, Knowledge, and Imagined Futures. Science and Technology in the Cold War
    The notion of consumerism. The making of modernity in the Cold War
    The Cold War as a form of technology. The Cold War modernity
    Main interpretations of the end of the Cold War. The politics and economy. When did the Cold War end up?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance at lectures and participation in seminars, final essay
  • non-blocking Final essay and its presentation in 2 minutes
    *Final essay The creation of an original research paper is a key component of this class. The original essay must discuss any aspect of the scope of the course. The essential component of a student`s final assessment is an ability to formulate a topic and research question/s as part of scholarly discussion. Essay requirements: RECOMMENDED (can be longer or shorter) length: 3000-3500 words (incl. spaces) long reference list included (two-four scholarly article/books; original resources are welcome) Sample topics: The role of Gorbachev in ending the Cold War. Research question: did the end of Gorbachev's epoch lead to the end of the global conflict? Technopolitics of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Research question: What was the intention of the Soviet leadership in building technical projects in Ghana? *Presentation of the essay The course requires a short presentation of your research essay. You can make it in any possible visual or audio form (video, audio, poster, scheme, etc) to present the key question, rationale of the topic, main thesis and conclusions. The aim of this assignment is to present your research in a concise and clear form.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.4 * Attendance at lectures and participation in seminars, final essay + 0.6 * Final essay and its presentation in 2 minutes


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Harvey, D. (2014). Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=752620
  • Hecht, G. (2012). Being nuclear : Africans and the global uranium trade / Gabrielle Hecht. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.38044755X
  • Krige, J. (2006). American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=176844
  • Rostow, W. W. (1991). The Stages of Economic Growth. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.cup.cbooks.9780521400701

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Sanchez-Sibony, O. (2014). Red Globalization : The Political Economy of the Soviet Cold War From Stalin to Khrushchev. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=696274
  • White, E. (2003). Kwame Nkrumah: Cold War Modernity, Pan-African Ideology and the Geopolitics of Development. Geopolitics, 8(2), 99–124. https://doi.org/10.1080/714001035