HIU 325 The Cold War. 1945-1992
F2Z 2009 ML
Donnelly, Benjamin B.
BA in History, University of MontanaMA in History, University of Montana
October 17-December 13
7:45 - 10:15 PM
Painter, David S. The Cold War: An International History.
Gaddis, John L. The Cold War: A New History.
Leffler, Melvyn. For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War.
May, Elaine T. Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era.
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1. Regular participation and attendance in class (20% of your grade).
You've got to be here to take the course. Just reading the book will not get you through the semester, as my lectures expand upon what we read, and discussions in class expand upon my lectures. In the quizzes and the final, I will be asking questions that pertain not just to Painter’s book, but also the lectures themselves.
I will allow one unexcused absence over the course of the semester, so if you oversleep or just decide that it's just too beautiful a day to make it to class, you can get away with that once. After that, you're looking at losing points. However, I tend to be pretty flexible, so let me know via e-mail if you can't make it in that day. If you're sick, then by all means stay home and get better. If there's a family emergency, don't worry about class. Just let me know, and I'll generally excuse the absence. Just don't make a habit of it.
Since many of you are in the military, naturally being called out to the field or being on duty takes precedence. If you’re absent for those reasons, make arrangements with me to get the notes.
Participating in class is also a big deal. Sitting there like a lump but getting all your assignments done will allow you to pass the course, but it won’t give you a very good grade. Speak up! While I don’t want someone prattling on just to get their name in the book for the day, I encourage thoughtful discussion. Also, ask questions. That’s what I’m here for.
2. Research Paper (40% of your grade). Students will be required to write a research paper on a topic of the student's choice. The topic can be anything to do with the Cold War, between the dates of 1945 to 1992, but must be approved by the instructor first.
The paper will be at least 6-8 pages long, typed in 12-point readable font with one-inch margins. (Arial and Times New Roman are recommended.) A title page is recommended but not required; a bibliography is required. Neither of these count towards the final page count. If you wish to go over 8 pages, that is fine; just don't go crazy and write 90 pages on Nikita Khrushchev’s shoe size. Footnotes or endnotes are a requirement as well.
The paper requires the student to do outside class research, using outside sources. (Vietnam: A History counts as an outside source, as does Bury Us Upside Down, but The Cold War: An International History does not.) Besides books, outside research also can use newspaper or magazine articles, films, and Internet resources–within reason. Common sense is also required.
Students are encouraged to consult with me on finding topics or reviewing paper drafts. Again, ask questions; that is what I am here for.
3. Midterm and Final Quizzes (40% of your grade). A comphrensive final exam will be given during Finals Week in October. Similarly, a midterm will be given around the middle of September; both the midterm and the final will follow the same format. It will be multiple choice, probably about 20-22 questions, plus two bonus questions.
4. Extra Credit. I may accept extra credit assignments, if a student wishes to do additional work to increase their grade. Let me know via e-mail if you want to try your hand at this. Note that extra credit cannot be used in place of regular assignments; it is the student's responsibility to get things in on time, not mine.
Grades. Grades will be determined via the following point scale:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of materials will be accepted with a loss of a letter grade for every day the paper/exam is late. However, allowances will be made for duty requirements and sickness.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class Etiquette: No flaming, no trolling, no hijacking, no profanity, no abbreviating.
Flaming consists of a personal attack on a fellow student. You may think that the last comment was moronic, but that does not give you the right to point that out. Besides, you might be wrong. If you want to call Joseph McCarthy or Leonid Brezhnev an idiot, I have no problem with that (as long as you can back it up); calling another student or myself an idiot will not be tolerated. In that respect, keep your opinions to yourself.
Trolling is related to flaming, and carries the same penalty. Trolling basically consists of looking for a fight, starting specious arguments or disrupting discussions, and being generally annoying for no other purpose. If you are looking for a place to remove the chip on your shoulder after a bad day at the office, there are plenty of places on the Internet for you to do so. Not in this class.
Hijacking means taking a discussion and steering it in a direction that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. We all love a good political debate, but we’re limited on time and have to stay on topic.
No profanity. Unless you are making a direct quote, conduct your speech as you would in a formal setting.
Net abbreviations (OMG, IMHO, WTF, etc.) will not be tolerated in papers. This is a college course, and since I will be grading on quantity to a certain extent, there is no reason not to write out what you mean. If you start straying too far and your paper begins resembling IRS tax forms, I will let you know. Post no avatars, advertisements, or smileys.
Watch your writing. This isn't an English class and I will not nail anyone for poor spelling or a grammar mistake here and there, but you might lose points if your writing looks to me like Sanskrit rather than English.
Use common sense. We're all adults here. If in doubt, remember the Golden Rule: treat others as you would have others treat you.
Tentative Course Schedule
(Note that this schedule is subject to change without warning.)
Week One (October 19-21): Introduction to the Cold War
No reading assignment this week.
Week Two (October 26-28): Iron Curtain: The Beginning of the Cold War and Korea, 1945-1953
Assignment: Painter, 1-31, Gaddis 1-47
Week Three (November 2-4): Mutually Assured Destruction: The 1950s and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1953-1962
Assignment: Painter, 32-56, Gaddis 48-82
Week Four (November 9-11): Tar Pits and Briar Patches: Vietnam and Détente, 1963-1973
Assignment: Painter, 57-77, Gaddis 84-145
Week Five (November 16-18): Limitations of Power: From Watergate to Afghanistan, 1973-1980
Assignment: Painter, 78-95, Gaddis 156-194
November 18: Midterm Quiz
Week Six (November 23-25): “Tear Down This Wall”: From Reagan to the First Gulf War, 1980-1992
Assignment: Painter, 96-112, Gaddis 195-236
Week Seven (November 30-December 3): Red Zones and Red Dawns: Understanding the Cold War
Assignment: Painter, 113-119, Gaddis 238-257
Week Eight (December 7-9): Families in the Cold War
Assignment: Selections from May
December 13: Final Test
All Assignments Due Dec. 13
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Plagiarism: Plagiarism is purposely claiming, indicating, or implying that the ideas, sentences, or words of another writer are you own. Accidental plagiarism–forgetting to put quotation marks around a quote, or forgetting footnotes–does happen on occasion and is forgivable. Cutting and pasting whole sections of Stephen Ambrose into your research paper and claiming it as your own is not, and will be punished severely. When in doubt, take no chances.
Instructor Help: Though I do not have office hours (much less an office) and am a working stiff like most of the world, feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have any questions or complaints. If I don't know the answer, I will find someone who does.
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