Understanding And Teaching The Cold War

Hardcover | February 13, 2017

byMatthew Masur

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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 longtime 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.

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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 t...

Matthew Masur is a professor of history at Saint Anselm College. He is the coeditor of Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War and has served as a member of the Teaching Committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 13, 2017Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780299309909

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction
            Matthew Masur                      
 
Part One: Introductory Essays
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
Ashes and Diamonds: 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 (CWIHP)
            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                   
 
Contributors               
Index

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“Inspired. Brings together historians and master teachers who offer transformative approaches to teaching the complexities of global Cold War history. The focus on a range of textual and visual primary sources from a variety of geographic spaces that work in the classroom is invaluable.”—Mark Philip Bradley, author of Imagining Vietnam and America