Course code:



M - Intermediate

Meets the following requirements:

  • HY - History
  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course provides a broad historical overview of the early years of  “Cold War” period that shaped global politics generally and American foreign policy specifically.

Beginning with the election of Richard Nixon’s in 1968 and following up to today, we will focus on the diplomatic relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia and how this relationship has impacted state actors, economic policies, cultural production, and conceptions of identity.

While there will be a heavy focus on traditional state-level diplomatic history, students will also explore a broad array of methodological approaches. Class sessions will include a mix of traditional lecture formats, class discussion, and outside presentations. An evening lab is scheduled in order to screen a variety of cultural artifacts from the various periods we will cover.

The primary goal is to give students an intensive 10-week crash course into key events, concepts, figures, etc., that defined the later decades of Cold War diplomacy. At the same time there is also time allocated for students to explore their own independent research interests. Given the far-reaching force of Cold War politics into everyday life, individuals with widely varying academic interests will find the course informative and productive.

Evaluation will be based on a mix of class participation, individual research assignments, and exams. While this class is designed to complement the topics covered in The Cold War: Early Years, students are not required to have had this earlier class. Both courses are designed as “stand alone.” All students, regardless of their backgrounds, previous coursework, or interests are welcome.




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