HL90BY: Cold War Cinema





Instructor: Paul K. Adler
Meeting time: Wednesday, 3-5

This course offers a history of the United States and the Cold War through films made during the conflict. We will examine the Cold War through two themes which drove much U.S. Cold War policymaking, from McCarthyism to Vietnam. The first theme is subversion: the fear that the United States (or our allies) would be quietly infiltrated by Communists and other radicals who would seize power “from the inside.” The second theme is insurgency: the fear of a violent uprising by marginalized communities that would weaken or overthrow free world institutions.