Beyond Duck and Cover: Fear of Nuclear War [S-17-7]

Presenter: Donna Alvah
Location: SLU: Piskor 10
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 10:00 AM 04/14, 04/21
Status: Course Update: There has been a room change for "Beyond Duck and Cover..." Instead of meeting at SLU in Piskor 015, we will be in Piskor 010, just down the hall at the other end.

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Session 1: We examine various scholarly approaches to, and interpretations of, the Cold War. We will discuss its social and cultural aspects and debates among scholars about how to answer questions such as: “When did the Cold War begin?” “What were US and Soviet intentions during the Cold War?” and “Why did the Cold War end, and when and how did that happen?” Session 2: We look at the last two decades of scholarly interest in the history of children and youth during the cold war, in the US and beyond.

Donna Alvah is in the Department of History at SLU, where she teaches courses on US foreign relations and wars – World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Her current projects focus on children and youth in the Cold War; children’s assistance to the militaries in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the wars there; children’s fears of the prospect of nuclear war and adults’ responses to these fears; and on children’s and youths’ experiences of, and perspectives on, the Cold War in the United States and other countries.

Cap: 30

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