This module has now been permanently withdrawn and is no longer taught in the Warwick History Department.
This module, taught in the Autumn Term, acts as an introductory core course for students on the MA in Society and Culture in the Cold War, but may also be taken by other taught Master's students inside or outside the History Department. It explores recent cultural and social histories of Cold War 'home fronts', shifting the focus away from international relations to the internal politics and protest movements on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Primary sources include public speeches, secret conversations, opinion surveys, novels and films, as well as contemporary analyses by Cold War writers. The module is also designed to introduce students to a broad cross-section of society, from leadership and artistic elites, to button-pushers within the opposing military-industrial complexes, to rank-and-file workers and dissident intellectuals. Participants will be asked to consider both the similarities and differences of East-West constructions of the Cold War 'other', applying interdisciplinary approaches from political, social and cultural history, as well as literary and film studies.
Week 5: Atomic Society: Science and the Bomb (CM)
Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7: Imagining the Other: Propaganda and Public Opinion (CM)
Week 8: Witchhunts against the Enemy Within (CM (CMn)
Week 10: Third Ways: Dissident Voices for Peace and Human Rights (GRH)
Appy, Christian G. (ed.), Cold War Constructions: The Political Culture of United States Imperialism (Amherst, 2000)
Caute, David, The Dancer Defects: The Struggle for Cultural Supremacy during the Cold War (Oxford, 2003).
Djilas, Milovan, The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System (London, 1957)
Havel, Vaclav, Living in Truth: Twenty-two Essays (London, 1987)
Hixson, Walter L., Parting the Curtain: Propaganda, Culture and the Cold War, 1945-1961 (Houndmills, 1997)
Reid, Susan E., and Crowley, David (eds.), Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe (Oxford, 2000)
Ross, Corey, Constructing Socialism at the Grass-Roots: The Transformation of East Germany, 1945-65 (Houndmills, 2000)
Saunders, Frances Stonor, Who Paid the Piper?: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (London, 1999)
Thompson, E. P. et al., Exterminism and Cold War (London, 1982)
Whitfield, Stephen J., The Culture of the Cold War (Baltimore, 1991)
The module is team-taught in eight weekly seminars of two hours each
1 assessed essay of 5,000 words: the course is taught in weekly 2-hour seminars
Various please see module handbook