History of International Relations

12 credits

Teacher responsible: Prof. Ilaria Poggiolini

Other teachers: Prof. Axel Berkofsky, Prof. Massimo Zaccaria, Visiting Professors: 1) Dr. Vladislav Zubok, London School of Economics and LSE IDEAS 2) Dr. Niklas Swanstrom, Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), Stockholm.

The course analyses the structure, main trends, crucial events and political decisions (both top down and bottom up) that characterize international relations and international politics and security from the late 1960s to the present day. Within this framework of analysis, the main objective of the course is to familiarize students to the understanding and discussion of three case studies in three different regions throughout the second and third phases of the Cold War and up to the present day. The case studies are: the Arab World and Africa; Northeast and East Asia with a particular focus on China and Japan; the history and politics of transatlantic relations within the framework of cold war and post-cold war history. Throughout the course, lectures and seminars will focus on the evolution of the Cold War and the ideological confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union shaping and defining policy approaches, policies and strategies in the respective regions.

Each of these case studies will be at the core of a course module of 3 credits offered in succession by the course conveners. One further module of 3 credits is offered by a prestigious visiting professor. In the coming academic year two visiting professors (Professor V. Zubok and N. Swanstrom) will teach 50% of the fourth module each, in collaboration with Professor Poggiolini and Professor Berkofsky.

Preparatory readings:
Dunbabin J.P.D., The Cold War. The Great Powers and their Allies, Routledge 2016
Leffler M.P. and Westad O.A. (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War , Cambridge,
Cambridge University Press 2010, vol. I, chap. 1 and 2
Westad O.A., The Cold War. A World History, New York, Basic Books 2017

Course Syllabus

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