• Yalta Conference
    Course Outline

    The following is a list of topics that will be covered this semester. The course will be divided into specific time periods of the Cold War, and students will study specific events that took place within the context of those time periods.


    ·         The Cold War and Its Historians

    ·         Scholars Debate the Cold War


    The Cold War Begins: 1945-1953

    ·         The End of World War II

    ·         Truman and Stalin

    ·         Origins of Containment

    ·         The Berlin Blockade and Airlift

    ·         The Soviet Atomic Bomb

    ·         The Fall of China

    ·         The Korean War

    ·         The Cold War at Home


    From the Thaw to the Brink: 1953-1962

    ·         Peaceful Coexistence

    ·         Hungary and Suez

    ·         Sputnik and the Arms Race

    ·         From Eisenhower to Kennedy

    ·         Kennedy and Khrushchev

    ·         Berlin and the Berlin Wall

    ·         Cuba and the Missile Crisis

    ·         The Sino-Soviet Split


    Vietnam and Détente: 1962-1975

    ·         The Vietnam Conflict

    ·         Détente


    The New Cold War: 1976-1984

    ·         The Decline of Détente

    ·         The Reagan Era and the New Cold War


    The End of the Cold War: 1985-1990

    ·         Gorbachev, Perestroika, and the Cold War

    ·         The Cold War Ends