Mar. 21: Kennedy and the Cold War

 

Topics:
  Berlin, Cuba, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere
 
 
Readings:
 

Required:
Paterson, et. al., American Foreign Relations , pp. 326-42.

Gaddis, Strategies of Containment, pp. 197-234.

Brian Urquhart, "The Tragedy of Lumumba," New York Review of Books, vol. 47, no. 15, October 4, 2001, pp. 4-7.


Suggested:
Tony Smith, America's Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy in the Twentieth Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994), pp. 214-36.

Fredrik Logevall, "Vietnam and the Question of What Might Have Been," in Mark J. White, ed., Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited (New York: NYU Press, 1998), pp. 19-62.

Robert Mann, A Grand Delusion: America's Descent Into Vietnam (New York: Basic Books, 2001), pp. 270-300.

Stephen Rabe, The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

 
 
 
Additional Resources:
 

White House Tape, President Kennedy and Senior Advisers on Journalists in Vietnam, October 2, 1963.

White House Tape, Robert Kennedy on a possible coup in Vietnam, October 29, 1963.

PowerPoint Presentation

David Sheinin review of Stephen G. Rabe's The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolutions in Latin America, H-Diplo, November 2000.

White House Office, 1960-61.

White House Office, 1962-63.