The Cold War: Fear, Hope, and a Long Struggle | Newberry

The Cold War: Fear, Hope, and a Long Struggle

Led by Tom Irvine. 6 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tuesdays, June 19 - July 24

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

For almost half of the twentieth century, the world was divided in two by the Cold War. This caused fear, repression, and “small wars” as two superpowers vied for supremacy. We will look at the struggle from both the perspective of the decision makers who set policy during the Cold War and the citizens who lived through it. Six sessions.

Tom Irvine works with computers during the day and has a passion for mysteries and history..

Materials List


  • John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History. Penguin, 2005. ISBN#: 978-0143038276
  • Peter Schneider, The Wall Jumper: A Berlin Story. University of Chicago Press, 1998. ISBN#: 978-0226739410
  • Richard Fried, Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective. Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN#: 978-0195043617

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Chapter 1 (The Return of Fear) of Lewis Gaddis’ book.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.