Course description

This course examines the cold war through the prism of popular culture: books, music, literature, motion pictures, and television. The goal is to understand how culture expressed the major concerns of the American public at various points in the cold war, and what effects those concerns had on the making of American foreign policy. Students examine various media from the 1945-1991 period, and examine the interplay between popular culture and policymaking during the long confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. Topics include subversion, the nuclear arms race and nuclear war, the national security state, and patriotism.


  • Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College and Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
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