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Place the Soviet-American struggle in broad historical and international contexts, with particular focus on the last years, the resolution, and the legacies of the Cold War in social, geopolitical, and economic contexts.


Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, University of California Berkeley


Focused on the Cold War’s late phase, resolution, and legacies, this seminar will situate the Soviet-American struggle in broad historical and international contexts. Lectures will ask why the Cold War stabilized in the early 1970s and re-escalated thereafter, what roles diverse societies played in the Cold War’s waging, and why the Cold War ended as it did. The seminar will explore not only the statecraft but also the social, geopolitical, and economic contexts for the Cold War, including globalization. The interplay between structural constraints and individual agency will be a central theme. Participants will encounter a diverse array of sources, and the seminar’s location aboard the USS Midway will enable participants to explore one of the Cold War’s signal military technologies: the aircraft carrier.

Travel & Accommodations

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Workshop participants will stay in local hotel and share rooms with other participants. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access will be limited.



Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information, click here.


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July 23rd, 2017 5:00 PM   through   July 29th, 2017 9:00 AM
USS Midway Museum
910 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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