- Research Paper (20-ish pages, use of primary sources required): 50%
- Participation: 30%
- Supplementary Reading: 20% [books & dates will be assigned the first week in class]
My Contact Information:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- cell: 207-329-8456
- office hours: Wed., 4.00-6.00pm
By the end of the course, students should be expected to demonstrate:
- A familiarity with the historiography of U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War,
- A usage of the relevant primary source material for the topic,
- An ability to formulate and answer appropriate research questions in Cold War foreign policy.
- Julian Zelizer, Arsenal of Democracy
2) Origins of the Cold War
- Marc Trachtenberg, “The United States and Eastern Europe in 1945: A Reassessment,” Journal of Cold War Studies, Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 2008, pp. 94-132.
- Robert Frazier, “Kennan, ‘Universalism,’ and the Truman Doctrine,” Journal of Cold War Studies, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 2009, pp. 3-34.
- Geoffrey Roberts, “Stalin at the Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam Conferences,” Journal of Cold War Studies 9.4 (2007) 6-40.
- Jeronim Perović, “The Tito-Stalin Split: A Reassessment in Light of New Evidence,” Journal of Cold War Studies 9.2 (2007) 32-63.
- Melvyn Leffler, “The American Conception of National Security and the Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945-48,” American Historical Review 89 (1984).
Supplementary Reading Assignments
(Barry) John Lewis Gaddis, The United States and the Origins of the Cold War (revised edition)
(Phil) Geoffrey Roberts, Stalin’s Wars
Vojtech Mastny, The Cold War and Soviet Insecurity
3) Militarization of the Cold War
- Ernest R. May, “Introduction: NSC 68: The Theory and Politics of Strategy,” in May, ed., American Cold War Strategy: Interpreting NSC 68
- Michael Ybarra, Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and Great American Communist Hunt
Supplementary Reading Assignments
(Peter) Melvyn Leffler, Preponderance of Power
(Michael) Aaron Friedberg, In the Shadow of the Garrison State
(Pinar) Neil Sheehan, A Fiery Peace in a Cold War
4) The Cold War Beyond Europe
- Matthew Connelly, A Diplomatic Revolution : Algeria’s Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era
(JJ) Salim Yaqub, Containing Arab Nationalism
(Phil) Chen Jian, Mao’s China and the Cold War
5) The Cuba Crisis
- Tim Naftali and Alexandr Fursenko, One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Castro, 1958-1964
- David G. Coleman, “The Missiles of November, December, January, February . . . : The Problem of Acceptable Risk in the Cuban Missile Crisis Settlement,” Journal of Cold War Studies 9.3 (2007) 5-48.
(Barry) Ernest May and Philip Zelikow, The Kennedy Tapes
Fursenko & Naftali, Khrushchev’s Cold War
- Fredrik Logevall, Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam
Thomas Borstelmann, The Cold War and the Color Line
(Mwape) Gordon Goldstein, Lessons in Disaster
7) LBJ & the Middle East
- Foreign Relations of the United States
8.) The Kissinger Era
- Jeremi Suri, Henry Kissinger and the American Century
(Michael) Jussi Hanhimaki, The Flawed Architect
(JJ) Nicholas Thompson, The Hawk and the Dove
9) Internationalism and the 1970s
- Piero Gleijeses, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976
- John A. Soares Jr., “Strategy, Ideology, and Human Rights: Jimmy Carter Confronts the Left in Central America, 1979–1981,” Journal of Cold War Studies 8.4 (2006) 57-91.
Craig & Logevall, America’s Cold War
(Pinar) Odd Arne Westad, The Global Cold War
10) The 1980s
- Frances FitzGerald, Way Out There in the Blue
- Archie Brown, “The Change to Engagement in Britain’s Cold War Policy: The Origins of the Thatcher-Gorbachev Relationship,” Journal of Cold War Studies, 10.3 (2008), pp. 3-47.
April 14: The 1980s
(Peter) James Mann, The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan
(Mwape) Vladislav Zubok, A Failed Empire
11) The End of the Cold War
- Philip Zelikow and Condoleeza Rice, Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft
- Mark Kramer, “The Collapse of East European Communism and the Repercussions within the Soviet Union (Part I),” Journal of Cold War Studies, 5.4 (2003), pp. 178-256.
12) Post-Cold War Nationalism
- David Gibbs, First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia
13) Cold War Legacies
- Steve Coll, Ghost Wars