This course will examine the political and public assumptions that sustained the Cold War from Truman to Reagan and from Stalin to Gorbachev. We will also speculate on alternative scenarios. Topics will include world views; the Khrushchev dilemma; McCarthy to MAD; the strange flight of Barnhadt Rust; and what did we get for our ten trillion?
GROUP LEADER: Jed Watters was a history professor at Assumption and WPI for more than 30 years. He is a retired naval officer and analyst at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
BOOK (required): http://www.historyguide.org/europe/kennan.html (read George Kennan, “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”)
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609