The Cold War was the United States’ dominant foreign policy concern between the years 1945 and 1990. As such we often define that entire era by diplomatic and military events such as the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Suez Canal and Cuban Missile crises, nuclear escalation, and NATO. At the same time, however, Americans also engaged in the civil rights, antiwar, and women’s movements, and experienced the rise of television and rock and roll. They moved to the suburbs, integrated major league baseball, voted for Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, watched James Dean and Mary Tyler Moore, listened to Elvis Presley and the Beatles, partied at Woodstock, agonized over Watergate, and died at Kent State. Students in this course will be exposed to the entire range of American experiences during this period.
Literatur: H. W. Brands, American Dreams: The United States since 1945. New York: Penguin, 2011.