Espionage as a Historical Field: The Cold War

History 280B.002

Spring 2012
210 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 12-2

This seminar is an introduction to espionage as a field of historical inquiry. Most of our readings will deal with the years of the Cold War and with significant U.S. and Soviet operations. This course will approach the field of espionage broadly, covering such issues as the operational training of spies and the psychology of espionage; CIA studies on various aspects of espionage; the role of intelligence in the elaboration of statecraft; various espionage and counter-espionage operations documented by primary or archival sources; memoirs from prominent U.S., East European, and Soviet agents; and the literary and cinematographic representation of spying. We will reflect on what knowledge of espionage tells us about twentieth-century politics, diplomacy, freedom of information, disinformation, and even state sovereignty. This seminar should be relevant to students majoring in history (U.S., Soviet, and European, in particular) and in political science. The following give a sense of the readings: Christopher Andrew and Vassili Mitrokhin, The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB. Angelo Codevilla, Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century. Oleg Kalugin, Spymaster: My Thristy-Two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West. Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence. Kermit Roosevelt, Counter-Coup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran. H. Bradford Westerfield, Inside CIA's Private World: Declassified Articles from the Agency's Internal Journal, 1955-1992. Markus Wolf, Man Without a Face. Requirements include a five-page analytic essay and a twenty-page paper on a topic of interest to the student.