This course will trace the cultural, social, economic, political, and diplomatic components of America during the Cold War, beginning in 1945 with its origins and outbreak. We will closely parse the events in the mid-1940s that sowed the seeds of mistrust, suspicion, and tumult and move on to the Korean War, to American and Soviet nuclear arsenals and strategies in the 1950s, to Cold War culture in the US, to the Vietnam War, to the Watergate catastrophe, and finish with the Carter and Reagan presidencies and the end of the Cold War.
Andrew Chatfield received his Ph.D. in US diplomatic history 2018 from American University in Washington, DC. He wrote his dissertation about the Americans who supported India’s national self-determination from 1915-1920. During his time in Washington, Andrew worked for organizations such as the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the Foreign Policy Research Insittute, Humanitites DC, and the Streit Council. At Lexington, he hopes to create a history class from which everyone will learn new material and gain new perspectives on American history.