Science, Technology and Medicine in the Cold War (HIH2019A)

30 credits

Much of how we understand the world today, the technologies we use daily and the ways in which we care for our health have their roots in the Cold War of the 20th century. How did scientific and medical practice and technological innovation interact with Cold War politics, society and culture? How did science, technology and medicine shape the Cold War, and how has scientific practice and thought shaped by the geopolitics of the era? Going beyond the space race and nuclear armament, this module examines the question with a broad geographical focus by looking at issues in science, medicine and technology that became central to the Cold War era between 1945 and 1989.