HIU325 The Cold War. 1945-1992

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HIU 325 The Cold War. 1945-1992


F2Z 2009 ML


Donnelly, Benjamin B.


Adjunct Faculty


BA in History, University of Montana
MA in History, University of Montana




Semester Dates

October 17-December 13

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours




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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Course Description:
HIU 325 The Cold War, 1945-1992: LL - Examines the superpower rivalry and American anticommunism from the origins of the Cold War after World War II through to the election of William Jefferson Clinton. Students will examine the most important events, ideas and personalities and address key historical debates on topics including the origins of the Cold War: the development of atomic and nuclear weapons; McCarthyism; the expansion of the Cold War beyond Europe; race and gender relations; the growth of the "imperial presidency", human rights, dissent, sexuality, neo-conservatism and the end of the Cold War. The course will also give detailed attention to the Cold Ware crises - including the Korean War, the Taiwan Strait, Berlin, Cuba and Vietnam - and their impact on American domestic society. The seminar shall comprise an inquiry of period literature (United States Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:

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:


A: 100-90

B: 89-80

C: 79-70

D: 69-60

F: 59-below.


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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

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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