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Rethinking Cold War culture

Author: Peter J Kuznick; James Burkhart Gilbert
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book questions widespread assumptions about the culture of postwar America. Illuminating the origins and development of the many threads that constituted American culture during the Cold War, the contributors challenge the existence of a monolithic culture during the 1950s and thereafter. They demonstrate instead that there was more to American society than conformity, political conservatism, consumerism, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Kuznick; James Burkhart Gilbert
ISBN: 156098869X 9781560988694 1560988959 9781560988953
OCLC Number: 44885157
Description: vi, 232 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: U.S. Culture and the Cold War / Peter J. Kuznick, James Gilbert --
America's children in an era of war, hot and cold : the Holocaust, the bomb, and child rearing in the 1940s / William M. Tuttle Jr. --
Cold War workers, Cold War communities / Ann Markusen --
The illusion of unity in Cold War culture / Alan Brinkley --
"We'll follow the old man" : the strains of sentimental militarism in popular films of the fifties / Christian G. Appy --
Sex, gender, and the Cold War language of reform / Joanne Meyerowitz --
Containment at home : gender, sexuality, and national identity in Cold War America / Jane Sherron De Hart --
"Cold War culture" doesn't say it all / Peter Filene --
Still the best catch there is : Joseph Heller's Catch-22 / Stephen J. Whitfield --
Will the sixties never end? Or perhaps at least the thirties? Or maybe even the progressive era? Contrarian thoughts on change and continuity in American political culture at the turn of the millennium / Leo P. Ribuffo.
Responsibility: edited by Peter J. Kuznick and James Gilbert.

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This book questions widespread assumptions about the culture of postwar America. Illuminating the origins and development of the many threads that constituted American culture during the Cold War, the contributors challenge the existence of a monolithic culture during the 1950s and thereafter. They demonstrate instead that there was more to American society than conformity, political conservatism, consumerism, and middle-class values. They explore the multitude of ways in which Americans experienced the Cold War, reflecting profound differences among generations, genders, races, and classes. By examining popular culture, politics, economics, gender relations, and civil rights, the contributors contend that, while there was little fundamentally new about American culture in the Cold War era, the Cold War shaped and distorted virtually every aspect of American life. Interacting with long-term historical trends related to demographics, technological change, and economic cycles, four new elements dramatically influenced American politics and culture, the threat of nuclear annihilation, the use of surrogate and covert warfare, the intensification of anticommunist ideology, and the rise of a powerful military-industrial complex.

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