HIST 3434 Fall 2011 Syll

HIST 3434 Fall 2011 Syll - Temple University Fall Term 2011...

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Temple University Fall Term 2011 HIST 3434 The Cold War from the Other Side: Communist Countries and International History, 1945-1991 Prof. Ronald J. Granieri 484 574 0526 Gladfelter 945 [email protected] Office Hours: W 3:00-4:30 and by appt. [email is best] Course Meetings: MWF 1:00-1:50 PM Ritter 107 The Cold War was more than a military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union: it was the frame within which the entire world developed (for better or worse) for nearly five decades, and thus deserves close examination on a variety of levels. For most students and the general public in the West, this story is—understandably but sometimes regrettably—told primarily from the perspective of the United States and its Allies. This course will attempt to reverse that common perspective and examine the Cold War from the perspective of the Soviet Union and other Communist states. Building on the insights provided by this altered perspective, we will explore the origins of the conflict, the interplay between periods of tension and détente, the relative significance of disagreements within the opposing blocs, and the relationship between the “center” of the conflict in the North Atlantic/European area and the global “periphery,” as well as the end of the Cold War and its historical significance. Required Books Melvyn Leffler, For the Soul of Mankind (Hill and Wang) Odd Arne Westad, The Global Cold War (Cambridge UP) Both are in paperback, available at the Temple Book Store, and online. Further readings will be listed in the schedule below and will be posted on the course Blackboard site. Assignments : Attendance/Participation 10% First Essay: 10% Mid-Term Exam 25% (all values approximate) Second Essay 20% Final Exam 35% Course Requirements This will be primarily a lecture class, though some meetings will be built around discussion, and questions during lecture are encouraged. The lectures will provide a general narrative of the Cold War from the Communist perspective, giving students the overall historical framework. As you will see from the schedule below, the course is broken into seven
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