Cold War Fantasies: Film, Fiction, and Foreign Policy

Cold War Fantasies: Film, Fiction, and Foreign Policy

by Ronnie D. Lipschutz

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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 Cold War Fantasies, Ronnie Lipschutz combines an historical account of foreign and domestic politics from 1945 to 1995 with summaries and analyses of thirty 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742573949
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2001
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Films and Novels Discussed in this Book
Chapter 2 Preface: What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy?
Chapter 3 A Note to the Reader
Chapter 4 Film, Fiction, American Politics
Chapter 5 From Hot War to Cold War
Chapter 6 Reds among Us?
Chapter 7 Spies!
Chapter 8 Nukes!
Chapter 9 The Final Frontier
Chapter 10 Vietnam, Over and Over
Chapter 11 Renewing the Cold War
Chapter 12 New Competitors, Old Enemies
Chapter 13 Now What?
Chapter 14 Notes
Chapter 15 Resources
Chapter 16 Bibliography
Chapter 17 Index

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