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Cold War Cultures in Asia (HIST30066)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeHIST30066
Semester 1
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This subject explores how the Cold War shaped culture and ideology in Asia, and how Asian cultural and ideological production influenced the global Cold War. Employing multiple approaches to studying the Cold War, you will examine case studies from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia: China’s revolution of 1949, Japan’s relationship with the United States, war and tensions on the Korean peninsula, Indonesia's strident anti-imperialism under Sukarno, and more. The subject explores how Asian politicians, intellectuals, and artists debated such pivotal Cold War ideologies as capitalism and communism, imperialism and anti-imperialism, as well as how these were contested in daily life, cultural performance, sport, films, newspapers and propaganda. We will interrogate how fears about the contaminating cultural influence of alternative ideologies shaped local, national and transnational cultures. Students will engage with different approaches to cultural, political and transnational history and draw on a variety of cultural forms including translated primary documents.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • understand how the Cold War impacted on cultural and ideological expression in Asia, and how Asian culture and ideology shaped the Cold War;
  • comprehend the global, regional and national factors that helped produce Cold War cultures in Asia;
  • be conversant with scholarship in the field of New Cold War histories, which seeks to de-centre studies of the Cold War;
  • analyse primary and secondary sources in constructing historical arguments;
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources; and
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing, and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.

Last updated: 11 October 2019