The Cold War 1973 – 1991

The Cold War 1973 - 1991 will explore the domestic pressures within the Soviet Union that caused the Communist Party to dissolve. It will also discuss the impact Yuri Andropov had on the demise of the Soviet Union. As head of the KGB prior to becoming the 1st Party Secretary, he had traveled widely around the world. As a consequence, he was well aware that the Soviet Union needed to change.

The course will also study the developments that followed immediately upon the end of the Cold War. They include the first and second Iraq Wars, the Afghanistan War, and the various movements of ethnic populations in the Mideast that occurred immediately to the south of the Soviet Union’s border. All of these phenomena are important, and the world continues to experience their impact today.

BHS members do not need to have taken Dr. Clifford's earlier Cold War seminars to participate in this class. Dr. Clifford will provide a 30+ page paper on this final chapter of the Cold War along with detailed outlines for each of the six classes to registrants a few weeks before the start of class.

Venue: King's Chapel Parish House
Meets on: Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Starting: 10/3/2023
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 20
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: 1 hour
Group Leader Biography:

Lawrence Clifford 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. 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.