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HIST 2841 Nuclear Terror (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course will examine the history of nuclear weapons from the development of the atomic bomb under the Manhattan Project to the end of the Cold War. It will consider both the history of technological development and the geopolitical decisions that drove continued rearmament. We will cover diverse topics including the hydrogen bomb, the Space Race, and the paranoia of living in a nuclear world. This course will use cultural production (including films like Dr. Strangelove and novels like A Canticle for Leibowitz) to try to understand the everyday experience of those who lived under the specter of nuclear war.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Clifton

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17