Monday, September 20, 2021
HIS232 Course Information
Dr. Robert Genter                                                                   Email:
Department of History                                                             Office: G230
Nassau Community College                                                     Office Hours: Wed/Fri 11-12:15
FALL 2009                                                                                                   
Course Description: This course deals with one of the most significant areas of contemporary international conflict and tension: the mutual relationships among the United States, Russia, and China. We will probe the origins and development of the Cold War and peace in the 20th century.
Required Texts:
Walter LaFeber, America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2006, Tenth Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2008)
Edward Judge and John Langdon, The Cold War: A History Through Documents (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1999). Abbreviated “Documents.”
Course Rules and Requirements:
  • Classroom Etiquette: All students are required to attend class regularly, to show up on time, and to remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken every class. Any student missing more than three classes will have his or her grade lowered. Any student missing more than six classes will be automatically dropped from the course – no exceptions. All electronic devices must be silenced. Students who engage in disruptive behavior (excessive talking, text messaging, sleeping, etc.) will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to dismiss from the course any student who continuously repeats such disruptive behavior. Similarly, repeated lateness to class (10 minutes or more) will not be tolerated. Three late arrivals count as one absence
  • Reading Assignments: Students are expected to do ALL the required readings by the assigned dates and be prepared to discuss them in class. Students will receive extra credit for exceptional or frequent participation. Note: The readings must be completed at the beginning of the week.
  • Grading: Your grade will be based upon four requirements – a midterm exam (25%), a final exam (25%), a paper assignment (25%), and four take-home quizzes (25%). The requirements for the paper assignment and the quizzes will be handed out in class.
Schedule of Reading and Classroom Assignments:
Sept. 3: Introduction
Sept. 8-10: The Origins of the Cold War
            LaFeber, Introduction and Chapter 1
            Documents 1, 3, and 4
Sept. 15-17: The Policy of Containment
            LaFeber, Chapter 2 and 3
            Documents 5, 7, 8, and 9
Sept. 22-24: Europe and the Cold War
            Documents 10 and 11
Sept. 29: No Class – Follows Monday Schedule
Oct. 1: The Fall of China
            LaFeber, Chapter 4
            Documents 14, 16, and 19
Oct. 6-8: The Korean War
            LaFeber, Chapter 5
            Documents 20 and 21
Oct. 13-15: Eisenhower’s New Look
            LaFeber, Chapter 6
            Documents 23, 27, 28, and 29
Oct. 20-22: A Global Cold War
            LaFeber, Chapter 7 and 8
            Documents 30, 31, 32, and 34
Oct. 27: **MIDTERM**
Oct. 29: Decolonization and the Cold War
            LaFeber, Chapter 9
            Documents 35 and 36
Nov. 3-5: Kennedy, Johnson, and “Flexible Response”
            LaFeber, Chapter 10
            Documents 38 and 40
Nov. 10-12: The Vietnam War
            Documents 42, 43, and 45
Nov. 17-19: Nixon and Détente
            LaFeber, Chapter 11
            Documents 48 and 50
Nov. 24: Soviet Expansion
            Documents 52 and 57
Dec. 1-3: The Reagan Doctrine
            LaFeber, Chapter 12
            Documents 63, 65, and 69
            **NOTE: PAPERS DUE DECEMBER 3**
Dec. 8-10: The Fall of the Soviet Union
            LaFeber, Chapter 13
            Documents 75, 76, and 86
Dec. 15: The World after the Cold War
            LaFeber, Chapter 14 and 15
Dec. 17: **FINAL EXAM**


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