International Politics since 1914: Peace and War
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Prof David Stevenson SAR 3.11
This course is compulsory on the BSc in International Relations and History. This course is available on the BA in History, BA in Social Anthropology, BSc in Government and History, BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and Chinese, BSc in Politics, BSc in Politics and History, BSc in Politics and International Relations and BSc in Social Anthropology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
This course offers an overview of international politics since 1914, providing a factual grounding and surveying the main historiographical debates. Lectures and classes examine the origins, course, and aftermath of the First World War; the Great Depression, appeasement , and the origins of the Second World War in East Asia and Europe; the course and aftermath of the Second World War and the global origins of the Cold War: and aspects of the Cold War world, including decolonization, European integration, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the ‘American war’ in Vietnam, and peaks and troughs of tension between the superpowers from the Cuban Missile Crisis to détente. The course also addresses the history of international organizations and of peace movements. It closes with the end of the Cold War and the origins of the Persian Gulf/Iraq wars of 1991 and 2003.
10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.
There will be a reading week in the Michaelmas and the Lent terms. There will be a revision lecture and class in the Summer Term.
Students will be required to write three 2,000-word essays during the course of the year, two in MT and one in LT, from topics chosen from a past examination paper or designated in the course reading list, and in addition to complete a one-hour mock examination in LT. Essays and mock examination do not form part of the final course assessment. However, they are required components of the course.
A detailed course outline and reading list, subdivided by weekly topics, will be found in the HY116 Moodle site. The following works offer useful background: students should consider reading one of them in advance: A. Best, J. Hanhimäki, J. Maiolo, K. E. Schulze, International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2015); W R Keylor, The Twentieth Century World and Beyond: an International History since 1900 (2011).
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Department: International History
Total students 2018/19: 126
Average class size 2018/19: 12
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: One Unit
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