From Cold Warriors to Peacemakers: the End of the Cold War Era, 1979-1999
This information is for the 2015/16 session.
Dr Robert Brier
This course is available on the MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in History of International Relations, MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International and World History (LSE & Columbia) and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Western (European) diplomacy in the 1980s to the mid-1990s examining tensions, rivalries and linkages not merely between the western and communist blocs, but also within them, as well as studying the events reflecting the shift from the Cold War to the post-Cold War world. The aim is to address from a historical perspective the diplomacy of the end of the East-West conflict, German reunification, the Yugoslavian wars, European integration, and NATO enlargement. The domestic political bases of, and the political relations between, the leading figures (Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Reagan, Bush, Thatcher, Major, Mitterrand, Delors and Kohl) will be covered as well as the diplomacy of the period. Major topics will include Thatcherism; Reaganomics; Gorbachev's new thinking; the reunification of Germany; the collapse of the Soviet Union and its wider empire; the Gulf War and Yugoslavian Wars; America and her Western European partners; the Single European Act, the Maastricht Treaty and the Euro; the security arrangements of Russia and NATO after the fall of communism.
20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT.
Short class papers, engagement in role play, a number of discussions on Moodle, and two 3,000 word essays during the year. There will be a one-hour timed essay (Mock Exam).
A full bibliography will be provided at the first meeting of the class and is available on Moodle. Key books include: Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years; EHH Green, Thatcher; Julius W Friend, The Long Presidency, France in the Mitterrand Years; Martin McCauley, Gorbachev; Hannes Adomeit, Imperial Overstretch; Saki Dockrill, The End of the Cold War Era; George Bush & Brent Scowcroft, A World Transformed; Philip Zelikow & Condolezza Rice, Germany Unified and Europe Transformed; Misha Glenny, The Balkans 1804-1999; Sean Kay, NATO and the Future of European Security;Kristina Spohr Readman, Germany and the Baltic Problem: The Development of a New Ostpolitik, 1989-2000.
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Department: International History
Total students 2014/15: 11
Average class size 2014/15: 11
Controlled access 2014/15: No
Value: One Unit