The 1950s: Baby Boomers, Sputnik & Rock 'n' Roll

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The 1950s: Baby Boomers, Sputnik & Rock 'n' Roll

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A journey through the fascinating and challenging world of the 1950s: the German Economic miracle, the American-Russian Space Race, new music genres, the Beat Generation and the emergence of the ‘teenage’ generation.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Bille, Matt, Erika Lishock, The First Space Race: Launching the First Satellites, (Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2004);
  • Gaddis, John Lewis, The Cold War, (London: Penguin, 2007);
  • Kerouac, Jack, On the Road: The Original Scroll, (Penguin, 2008);
  • Nolan, Mark, The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America 1890-2010, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012);


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Major political events of the 1950s, such as the Korean War, the American Civil Rights movement and the Sputnik shock of 1957, as part of the US-Soviet Space Race
  • The “Baby Boomer” generation and their life in the American suburbs in the 1950s & Germany in the 1950s
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll, the ‘Beat Generation’ & movies of the 1950s
  • The legacy of the 1950s: a decade of restoration and a conservative backlash?


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the role and importance of the turbulent history of the 1950s in the context of the 20th century;
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.