THE OXFORD ACADEMY
This course focused on the international geopolitics of the Cold War Era. Students learned about the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. In this regard, we focused on the ideologies of capitalism, democracy, and communism. Students then problematized this view of the Cold War through in-depth examinations of the history of nations who did not “fit” neatly into the global contest between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. We asked whether the “master narrative” of the Cold War represented a Western imperial understanding of not only 20th-century events, but of modern history itself.
Students’ secondary reading assignments came from John Lewis Gaddis’ The Cold War and Odd Arne Westad’s The Global Cold War. Primary source readings came from Allan Winkler’s The Cold War: A History in Documents.