Item Details

Understanding and Teaching the Cold War

edited by Matthew Masur
Format
Book
Published
Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
The Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History
Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History
ISBN
9780299309909, 0299309908
Summary
"For nearly a half century, from 1945 to 1991, the United States and the Soviet Union maneuvered to achieve global hegemony. Each forged political alliances, doled out foreign aid, mounted cultural campaigns, and launched covert operations. The Cold War also deeply affected the domestic politics, cultures, and economic policies of the two superpowers, their client states, and other nations throughout the world. Teaching the Cold War is both necessary and challenging. Understanding and Teaching the Cold War is designed to help collegiate and high school teachers navigate the complexity of the topic, integrate up-to-date research and concepts into their classes, and use strategies and tools that make this important history meaningful to students. The volume opens with Matthew Masur's overview of models for approaching the subject, whether in survey courses or seminars. Two prominent historians, Carole Fink and Warren Cohen, offer accounts of their experience as long-time scholars and teachers of the Cold War from European and Asian perspectives. Sixteen essays dig into themes including the origins and end of the conflict, nuclear weapons, diplomacy, propaganda, fear, popular culture, and civil rights, as well as the Cold War in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, East Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the nonaligned nations. A final section provides practical advice for using relevant, accessible primary sources to implement the teaching ideas suggested in this book"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Introduction / Matthew Masur
  • Part One. The Cold War and the classroom. Teaching the history of Cold War Europe / Carole Fink
  • Reflections on the Cold War in Asia: then and now / Warren I. Cohen
  • Part Two. Traditional topics, new perspectives. Origins of the Cold War / Jessica Elkind
  • Two scorpions in a bottle: nuclear weapons and the Cold War / Shane J. Maddock
  • The Soviets' Cold War: notes of a diplomatic historian / Anthony D'Agostino
  • The end of the Cold War in the classroom / Mario Del Pero
  • Teaching the Cold War to the post-9/11 generation / David Bosso
  • Part Three. The Cold War and American Society. Teaching propaganda and ideology in Cold War history / Kenneth Osgood
  • Teaching "fear" and "anxiety" in the Cold War / Molly M. Wood
  • Using popular culture to teach the Cold War / Laura A. Belmonte
  • Civil rights and the Cold War era / Brenda Gayle Plummer
  • National security and the national pastime / Thomas W. Zeiler
  • Part Four. The global Cold War. Viewing Poland's Cold War through literature and film / Philip Pajakowski
  • The Cold War in western Europe / J. Simon Rofe
  • Did the Cold War really end? Teaching the Cold War from East Asian perspectives / Hiroshi Kitamura
  • The Cold War in Latin America and the Caribbean / Andrew J. Kirkendall
  • The Cold War in Africa / Ryan M. Irwin
  • A pox on both your houses: neutralism and the Cold War / Mary Ann Heiss
  • Part Five. Archival collections for teaching the Cold War. The global Cold War: using the resources of the Cold War International History Project / Christian Ostermann
  • Teaching with the tapes: presidential recordings and the Cold War / Marc J. Selverstone
  • Teaching the Cold War with the Foreign Relations of the United States series / M. Todd Bennett.
Description
xi, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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