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Origins of the Cold War | In-Person

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Course Description:

For many of us, the Cold War was an ongoing reality of our growing up and adult lives, usually, but not always, in the background of our awareness. There were certain events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought its reality to the forefront. There was fear of nuclear annihilation with duck-and-cover drills in our schools and huge military buildups. We were taught that we were the good guys and the Soviet Union was the villain. And then the Cold War was over.

Now with more than thirty years of perspective since its demise, perhaps we can get a clearer idea about this defining condition of the late 20th century. How did it begin? How could our ally from WWII so quickly become our mortal enemy? Was it inevitable? How did our perception of this War and how it needed to be fought define our approach to the Korean War, a divided Germany, the arms race and Vietnam? Finally, was our understanding of the Cold War what saved us from disaster or was it a tragic mistake that led us down a dark path for almost fifty years?


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Mondays, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 *3:30 – 5:00pm* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


Steve Henrikson is a teacher of history and philosophy whose career has spanned six decades in private schools on the East Coast and in California.