The Global Cold War

This course examines the origins, strategy, and consequences of the Cold War from a global perspective. Students will discover the conflict’s impact not only in the United States and Russia, but also in sometimes unexpected nations across Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Through narratives that illustrate the Cold War’s many complexities, twists, and turns, students will consider how the events following World War II irrevocably shaped the modern world.

The broader topics featured in this course include

  • World War II
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Containment
  • The Chinese Revolution
  • The Korean War
  • McCarthyism
  • The Berlin Wall
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Vietnam War
  • The End and Legacies of the Cold War

Read the course outline here and listen to a history teacher introduce the course below.


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  • Twenty-three videos led by Professor Jeremi Suri
  • A certificate of completion for 12 hours of course time

Readings: Recommended readings related to the course are listed in the Resources link on the course page. You are not required to read or purchase any print materials. Quizzes are based on the content of the recordings rather than the readings.

Course Access: After registering, you may access your course by logging in and going to My Courses under My Account.


Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin. Professor Suri specializes in international relations, national security, globalization, and public activism. Some of his critically acclaimed works include Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy (2022) and Henry Kissinger and the American Century (2009). 

The views expressed in this course are those of Dr. Jeremi Suri.