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Goucher College    
  Feb 25, 2018
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue
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HIS 253 - History of the Cold War (4 Cr.)

This course investigates the conflict between communism and capitalism that dominated the world for much of the 20th century. We will study the political and ideological causes and events of the Cold War, including detailed work on the U.S., the Soviet Union, and Europe. At the same time, we will consider the global implications of this conflict that was often fought through proxy wars in other areas of the world. This course will balance political and diplomatic history with cultural history; we will examine the Cold War as a conflict with multiple “battlefields” that included everything from Khrushchev’s hotline to Washington, to West German jazz music, to the availability of kitchen appliances for housewives in Ohio. We will also consider the challenges for students of history in confronting their own ideological investment when reading and writing about the Cold War. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Variable semesters. Corcoran.

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