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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Post-New Deal Order


E-Seminar 3
The Stable Fifties


E-Seminar 4
The Subversive Fifties


E-Seminar 5
Kennedy, Johnson, and the Great Society


E-Seminar 6
The Civil-Rights Movement


E-Seminar 7
The Vietnam War


E-Seminar 8
Cultural Revolutions


E-Seminar 9
The Age of Limits


E-Seminar 10
The Rise of the Right


America Since 1945
A Series of Ten E-Seminars


 
America Since 1945
E-Seminar 2, The Politics of Anticommunism

Taught by: Alan Brinkley

Description
E-Seminar Description
In this e-seminar, the second in a series of ten, Professor Brinkley examines the Cold War, a key event during "the postwar era," a period of more than half a century, during which the United States has probably changed more rapidly and profoundly than during any other period of its history. He analyzes the Cold War as a force in American domestic life, one that had an important impact on the relationships among and the distribution of power within many of the central institutions of American life. Professor Brinkley traces the politics of anticommunism as they shaped and to some degree distorted American life in the postwar era. The e-seminar makes use of multimedia elements including audio slide shows, period newsreels, and television features that reflect the political atmosphere of the era, as well as additional text elements such as biographical entries and primary documents.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading |
Additional Information |Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Provide students with access to many different perspectives on recent American history.

•    Help users make their own judgments about what is important about this key period.

•    Introduce students to media representations from the period.

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Outline
1. Impact of the Cold War
2. The Red Scare
3. New Interpretations of the Red Scare
4. Final Analysis

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University in New York, where he has taught since 1991. He is currently Chair of the Department of History. His published works include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression (Knopf, 1982), which won the 1983 National Book Award; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (Knopf, 1992); The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (Knopf, 1995); and Liberalism and Its Discontents (Harvard, 1998). He is presently writing a biography of Henry R. Luce, to be published by Knopf.

His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals and in such periodicals as the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Media Studies Center, Russell Sage Foundation, and others; and he was the recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation (formerly the Twentieth Century Fund), a member of the editorial board of the American Prospect, a member of the board of directors of the New York Council for the Humanities, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998–99 he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

He received his A.B. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Harvard.

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Recommended Reading
Freeland, Richard. The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of McCarthyism: Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics, and Internal Security, 1946–1948. New York: Knopf, 1972.

Oshinksy, David. A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy. New York: Free Press, 1983.

Rogin, Michael Paul. The Intellectuals and McCarthy: The Radical Specter. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1967.

Schrecker, Ellen. Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America. Boston: Little, Brown, 1998.

———. The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents. 2d ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001.


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Additional Information
Who should take this course? Everyone interested in understanding more about the current era in American history; history buffs; lifelong learners; those interested in presidential history and the history of American foreign policy.

The course contains a FAQ section with answers to questions Professor Brinkley is frequently asked.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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