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The End of the Cold War, 1979-1991

HIST 194
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: REES 194
Certificates: International Relations

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the relative stability that had prevailed between the United States and Soviet Union since the end of the Cuban missile crisis (and, more fundamentally, since the East and West German governments were formed in 1949) broke down. By 1983 well-informed figures in both Washington and Moscow feared nuclear war.

Yet within six years the Cold War ended and a new mode of cooperation between the Soviet and U.S. leaders emerged. How and why did this extraordinary change occur, and what is the significance for modern world history? This seminar will address those questions by exploring the changing personnel, thinking, and policies of both the U.S. and Soviet governments. In the process we will also consider developments in Poland, other parts of Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola, and other countries where the superpowers or their allies confronted each other.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning, Interpretation
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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