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SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS

INR 4931 (Sec. U01)—Cold War Challenges
Instructor Dexter Lehtinen/Florida International University/Fall 2014

Readings include the following books and supplemental materials. In-class handouts may also be provided (not listed herein).

  • "CW" - John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History (2005)
  • "ALW" - Charles Neu, America's Lost War: Vietnam, 1945-75 (2005)
  • "S" - Supplementary Material Provided in Class by Instructor
  • Additional materials will be handed out in class.
Date # Subject Assignment CW ALW Supp
8-27 1 Course Overview/Maps/Time Zones
8-27 2 Nation-State System/The Great War (WWI) CW 1-4 S1
9-3 3 World War I; Interwar; World War II
9-3 4 World War II S2
9-10 5 Post-War Origins of Cold War/Containment CW 5-27
9-10 6 Berlin/NATO/China CW 27-47
9-17 7 Ideological Frameworks CW 83-118
9-17 8 Korean War S3
9-24 9 Third World/French Indochina War CW 119-134 ALW 1-28
9-24 10 Nuclear Weapons/ICBMs/Deterrence CW 48-75, 79-82
10-1 11 Third World/Bay of Pigs CW75-78 S4
10-1 12 Cuban Missile Crisis S4
10-8 13 Diem/Vietnam/to omid-'64 ALW 48-78
10-8 14 Tonkin Gulf/Troops/thru '65 CW 165-171 ALW 78-97
10-15 15 Mid-Term Exam
10-15 16 Ground/Air War/thru '67 * Paper topic selection due by this date ALW 99-128
10-22 17 Counterinsurgency (COIN) (CAPs/COORDS/Phoenix) S5
10-22 18 The Tet Offensive/'68 ALW 129-154 S6
10-29 19 Prague Spring/Brezhnev Doctrine CW 134-143, 152-165
10-29 20 Vietnamization '69/Cambodia ‘70/ Laos ’71 CW 143-152, 171-176 ALW 155-186
11-5 21 Vietnam Peace Talks/Linkage/Detente ALW 186-206
11-5 22 Detente/Arms Control/SALT/National - Security Decision-making CW 179-194
11-12 23 The Third Vietnam War/'73-'75 CW 176-179 ALW 207-230 S7
11-12 24 Third World/Oil/Arabs-Israelis/Soviet - Afghan War/Intensification * Papers Due No Later Than This Class CW 195-211
11-19 25 "Evil Empire"War ScaresSDI/DSTART CW 211-229
11-19 26 Transformations to the End/'82-'89 - Interpretations of the End CW 229-248 / CW 248-258
11-26 27 Strategies/Iraq/Afghan/The Future CW 259-266 S8
11-26 28 Open/Review
12-3 29 A New Cold, A New World Order, or an Old World Order? S9
12-3 30 Review
12-10 Final Examination as Scheduled by the University

Abbreviations:

  • CAPs = Combined Action Platoons
  • COIN = Counterinsurgency
  • COORDS = Civil Operations Revolutionary Development Support
  • ICBM = Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
  • NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • SALT = Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
  • SDI = Strategic Defense Initiative
  • START = Strategic Arms Reduction Talks