Duck and Cover: The Cold War & The Bomb
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 3435
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Politics
The atomic bombs that American planes dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not the last shots of World War II, but the first shots of the Cold War. The threat of nuclear annihilation not only molded the Cold War and revolutionized the conduct of international affairs; it also changed relations between states and their citizens, transformed the global economy, and altered culture and everyday existence. As the threat of nuclear war developed, so did opposition, from film makers, novelists, scientists, activists and citizens of countries around the world. But 68 years after the first bombs killed more than 200,000 people, the threat posed by nuclear weapons is a stark and real as ever. Focusing on the development, use, and spread of nuclear weapons, and on efforts to control, reduce and eliminate them, this course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the politics, economics and culture of the Cold War from a global perspective.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.