Spies, Sexism, and Surveillance: The Cold War through Film
HIST 3091 (First Summer Session 2018)
Mon. Tues. & Wed. 6:30-9:45 pm
Taught by Dr. Peter Thorsheim
Brainwashing scene, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Cold War took place on many levels: ideological, military, economic, geopolitical, and cultural. It was a time of Churchill’s iron curtain speech, McCarthyism, show trials, covert action by the CIA and the KGB, fears of nuclear annihilation, and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. Focusing on three topics that permeate Cold War movies—spies, sexism, and surveillance—we will explore the strengths and limitations of using films as historical evidence and as a way of communicating history to the public. This course is open to anyone with an interest in the topic, regardless of major. Each class period we will watch a feature-length movie and discuss it in connection with the assigned readings. To allow enough time for this, we will meet until 9:45 pm. This course qualifies as Writing Intensive.
Selected Publications (click for links)
Waste into Weapons: Recycling in Britain during the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Shortlisted, 2017 Turku Book Award, Environmental Society for European History and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
Roundtable review of Finn Arne Jørgensen, Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011), H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 3, no. 2 (2013).
Modern Britain, environmental history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine.
Courses Taught in 2018
HIST 3001/5001: Britain’s Layered Pasts: Study Abroad (Spring 2018)
HIST 3091: Britain in the Age of Industry and Empire, 1815-1914 (Fall 2018)
HIST 3091: Spies, Sexism, & Surveillance: The Cold War through Film (Summer 2018)
HIST 4001/5001: Sexuality in Modern Europe (Fall 2018)
LBST 2102: Global Connections: The Paradoxical 20th Century (Summer 2018)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000.
B.A., Carleton College, 1991.