The Cold War, Part I

Lawrence Clifford

Tuesdays, October 3 - November 14 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 7 sessions
King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street

Cold War, Part I will cover the period from the end of World War II until 1964, when the Strategic Air Command goes on full 24-hour airborne alert. The course will discuss the origins of the Cold War and identify the major incidents of the late 1940s that gave emphasis to the notion of the Cold War. They include such events as the Cardinal Mindszenty Affair, the need for the Berlin Airlift, and the onset  of the Korean Conflict.

The circumstance of how the containment policy was developed, based upon George Kennan’s famous foreign affairs article under the authorship of Mr. X, will demonstrate the early American stance in the Cold War. Included will be the Truman Policy with regard to Turkey and Greece. There will be discussions on how the united States military maintained an observation system of the Soviet military, how the Soviet military defenses operated against American reconnaissance intrusions, and Nikita Khrushchev’s attempt to relate to the West through his program of mutual coexistence and the decision by the united States to ignore it.

There will also be specific discussion of the numerous danger points that developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s that presented a high probability for the possibility of war between the united States and the Soviet union, or war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in Europe. In addition, we will also address the contingencies related to the leftover Imperial Policies and how they were confronted  by a variety of revolutionary movements such as those presented by the People’s Republic of China, the Vietnamese Revolutionary Movement, and the revolutionary movements of Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

Teaching Style: Lecture with discussion     Weekly Preparation: 30-60 minutes


    Lawrence Clifford

    Lawrence Clifford PhD is a former officer in the United States Air Force, having served for  22 years. He earned his doctorate in clinical and educational psychology from Indiana University and in Soviet Military History from Boston College. His study of history focuses  on the Soviet period and on the writing of the first biography written in the West on Marshal Mikhail N. Tukhachevsky. Dr. Clifford taught military history and the Vietnam War for over  a decade. While in the US Air Force, he served for five years in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, three years in the Mideast, and a similar period of time in Africa and Central America. He is fluent in French, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic.