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Reading the Cold War

9 Nov

Today – as almost everybody is doubtless aware – is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a momentous event in modern history and one that I still vividly remember from my childhood. In the popular mind, that rush of people though gaps in the wall represented the end of the Cold War. Therefore, I thought I’d do a list of nine pieces of Cold War scholarship that I think represent the best of what’s out there. This is by no means authoritative or complete, it’s simply a selection of works that I admire or find find particularly useful (and are, in many ways, reflective of my own research interests).

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John Mueller vs the World!

30 Jul

Now that the PhD is done and dusted (even though it still feels funny to think that it is over), there’s still plenty to do in terms of trying to scratch out an academic career. The lot of the newly minted Doctor is far from easy. Few jobs/postdocs, many applicants, crowded market, etc.

However, I’m lucky enough to have been offered some adjunct teaching work at the University of Edinburgh. Even better, I’m allowed to design and offer my own honours-level (3rd and 4th year undergraduate) courses. The first to come up is Confrontation, Proliferation, Representation: The Nuclear Cold War in Policy and in Public, 1945-1989. You can find out more about the course here. The syllabus is pretty much done, so I thought I would share the outline of the introductory class.

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‘The Metaphor That Ate New York,’ and Other Seminars

5 Apr

Now that the thesis is handed in, the mind of the aspiring academic turns to other things. Like, what now? I’m lucky enough to have secured some honours-level teaching here at the University of Edinburgh. It’s great in that I get to design my own courses and see how they stand up in practice.

The first course I’m working on rejoices under the snappy title of Confrontation, Proliferation, Representation: The Nuclear Cold War in Policy and in Public, 1945 to 1989 (see, I told you it was snappy).

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Interesting Nuclear History Reads

8 Feb

For want of something substantive to say (I’m currently mired in the documents I harvested from The National Archives last month), I though it might be useful to highlight some recent scholarship in the field of nuclear history. Rather than give substantive reviews of these works (although I am working on a full review of Nuclear Apartheid) I’ll offer brief comments, plus links to reviews as appropriate.

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