Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
The following syllabi come from a variety of different terms. They illustrate the evolution of this course over time, and are intended to provide alternate views into the instruction of this course.
Spring 2010, Meg Jacobs (PDF)
The dropping of the first atomic bomb at the end of World War II ushered in a new era in American history. Beginning with its earliest stages of planning, nuclear warfare shaped the course of American foreign and domestic policy. This class explores the Cold War, the rise of the military-industrial complex, the baby boom and economic abundance, social movements on the left and right, and politics from Roosevelt to Reagan. In each postwar decade, the threat of nuclear war profoundly shaped American politics, economy, and society.
The requirements for this class consist of two five-page papers based on the readings (25% each), document collections (10%), class participation (15%), and a final exam (25%).
The readings will come from the following books: