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HIST 2476 The Cold War in the Third World (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The half-century conflict between the United States of America and the Soviet Union began in the mid- to late 1940s when the two superpowers established spheres of influence in Europe. Thereafter, unable to make much headway on the Continent, Washington and Moscow jockeyed for influence in the so-called "third world" of developing, decolonizing, and predominantly nonwhite areas in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This course examines America's campaign to win the third world to its side, and the often tragic consequences of that effort, as U.S. policymakers frequently wound up simplifying local and regional developments, equating nationalism with communism, aligning America with unstable and unrepresentative regimes, and wedding American interests to the status quo in places experiencing massive social, political, and economic upheaval.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Seth Jacobs

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 13-Feb-18