9780801851957

The Culture of the Cold War

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801851957

  • ISBN10:

    0801851955

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/22/1996
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

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Summary

"Without the Cold War, what's the point of being an American?" As if in answer to this poignant question from John Updike's Rabbit at Rest, Stephen Whitfield examines the impact of the Cold War -- and its dramatic ending -- on American culture in an updated version of his highly acclaimed study. In a new epilogue to this second edition, he extends his analysis from the McCarthyism of the 1950s, including its effects on the American and European intelligensia, to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and beyond.Whitfield treats his subject matter with the eye of a historian, reminding the reader that the Cold War is now a thing of the past. His treatment underscores the importance of the Cold War to our national identity and forces the reader to ask, Where do we go from here? The question is especially crucial for the Cold War historian, Whitfield argues. His new epilogue is partly a guide for new historians to tackle the complexities of Cold War studies.

Author Biography

Stephen J. Whitfield is Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University. He is the author of A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till and A Critical American: The Politics of Dwight Macdonald

Table of Contents

Foreword vii(2)
Acknowledgments ix
1. Politicizing Culture: Suspicious Minds
1(26)
2. Seeing Red: The Stigma
27(26)
3. Assenting: The Trend of Ideology
53(24)
4. Praying: God Bless America
77(24)
5. Informing: Many Are Called
101(26)
6. Reeling: The Politics of Film
127(26)
7. Boxed-In: Television and the Press
153(26)
8. Dissenting: Pity the Land
179(26)
9. Thawing: A Substitute for Victory
205(26)
Epilogue 231(12)
Bibliographical Essay 243(24)
Index 267

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