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Bradley C. Davis
HSTAS 246
Seattle Campus

The Cold War in Asia

Explores the Cold War in Asia from WWII to the late 1980's. Focuses on the "Asian" context of national liberation struggles and popular movements. Offered: S.

Class Description

Although the "Cold War" conventionally describes the period of indirect conflict between the US and the Soviet Union, students in this course will be introduced to the post-WWII period in East and Southeast Asia with an emphasis on national liberation struggles (Marxist-Leninist and non-Marxist-Leninist) and popular movements. Historical, social, and ideological contexts of movements and organizations within the region will be stressed.

This course is primarily a lecture course with assigned readings. Time will be taken from lectures for scheduled discussions.

Recommended preparation

Prepare assigned readings, written work, and be prepared to actively participate in topical discussions. Students are also encouraged to attend daily lectures on a daily basis.

Class Assignments and Grading

Readings for lectures will be assigned on a weekly basis. Readings for discussions will be assigned well in advance of the discussion periods. These assignments will be drawn from the required textbooks and course reader.

There will also be a research paper of 10-15 pages examining a particular aspect of a specific movement and/or organization from this period (1945-1980s).

Grades will be assigned on the basis of in class mid-term, take-home final, and research paper. Active participation in class will also be a factor.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Bradley C. Davis
Date: 04/14/2006