This class was tough.
His 108 by Mr. Sherman was taught thematically instead of chronologically, as in units were divided so that the aspects of the major countries and events in the Cold War were looked at back to back instead of by year of occurrence. There was a theme based solely on terminology and jargon used during the Cold War so that students that are not well versed in history are able to understand the many militant, organizational, and political acronyms commonly used in the instructor’s notes. There is a unit dedicated to major cultural movements within the Cold War, as well as a unit dedicated to the major wars waged in this time frame, among other units. By the end of the semester this history course then brings all of the aspects of these units together to show students how the culture of a country can affect the progression of a war and vise versa. This thematic approach to history allows students to grasp the big picture of cause and effect in history.
I learned quite a bit about Presidents of the United State that are usually glossed over in other history courses because they do not have the most outstanding record. Such as with President Nixon, I learned that he was one of the first Cold War Presidents to identify the difference between Leninist communism of the Russians and Maoist communism of the Chinese. The differences were so great between these factions of communism that President Nixon was able to almost pit the two communist powers against each other.
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Advice for students:
Buy all three books for the class and do all of the work assigned. The books are not traditional text books and are 'light’ reads so they do not cost much. Go to the office hours, Mr. Sharman is willing to discuss and go over any assignments. Participate in discussions and do any extra credit he gives if you are on the verge of raising a grade by a letter, it is very much worth it. Cite all sources, Mr. Sharman’s rule of thumb, “if you have to Google it, cite it.”