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Cold War - Eisenhower, 1953-1961

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines) looks at the role of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Cold War. In the first module, we look at the debate surrounding Eisenhower’s foreign policy, considering both the changing opinions regarding his presidency, and the differing historical assessments of Eisenhower’s leadership and role in the Cold War. In the second module, we consider Eisenhower’s response to communism, before in the third module turning to look at how Eisenhower managed the issue of American National Security. In the fourth module, we ask whether Eisenhower worked for peace, or, if rather he perpetuated the Cold War? Finally, in the fifth module, we turn to look at the Central Intelligence Agency, and ask the question, was the CIA a rogue elephant?

About the Lecturer

Professor Kenneth Osgood is a Professor of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at Colorado School of Mines. His research interests include the history of US politics and diplomacy, in particular the history of propaganda, intelligence, public relations and international affairs. His recent publications include Winning While Losing?: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama, Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad (2006), and The Cold War After Stalin’s Death: A Missed Opportunity for Peace? (2006).