Cold War Fantasies: Film,Fiction,and Foreign Policy / Edition 1

Cold War Fantasies: Film,Fiction,and Foreign Policy / Edition 1

by Ronnie D. Lipschutz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742510522

ISBN-13: 9780742510524

Pub. Date: 10/15/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

As memories of the Cold War recede, it becomes more and more difficult to remember what it was about and why it evoked such feelings of intensity and fatalism. Fortunately, we have a gold mine of movies and novels to help us recall why an entire generation of Americans grew up ducking under school desks in air raid drills and stocking the family bomb shelter. "Cold…  See more details below

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As memories of the Cold War recede, it becomes more and more difficult to remember what it was about and why it evoked such feelings of intensity and fatalism. Fortunately, we have a gold mine of movies and novels to help us recall why an entire generation of Americans grew up ducking under school desks in air raid drills and stocking the family bomb shelter. "Cold War Fantasies" retrieves those times, based on the idea that a nation's history, self-concept, and collective anxiety are reflected in popular culture. In "The Cold War Fantasies", Ronnie Lipschutz combines an historical account of foreign and domestic politics from 1945 to 1995 with summaries and analyses of 30 novels and films contemporaneously published and produced. Lipschutz rejects the standard line on the Cold War and critically examines the impacts and effects of language and images on politics. Viewing those films and reading those novels enables the reader to come away with a clearer sense of how people felt during the Cold War period-about themselves, about "the enemy," and about the world while living in the shadow of the atomic bomb.

Author Biography: Ronnie D. Lipschutz is associate professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742510524
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

Films and Novels Discussed in This Book
Preface: What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy?
A Note to the Reader
1Film, Fiction, American Politics1
2From Hot War to Cold War15
3Reds among Us?35
4Spies!55
5Nukes!79
6The Final Frontier103
7Vietnam, Over and Over119
8Renewing the Cold War145
9New Competitors, Old Enemies171
10Now What?187
Notes201
Resources207
Bibliography235
Index245
About the Author261

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