War and Peace: International Relations since 1914

History 162B

Spring 2015
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MWF 1-2P

This course investigates the spectacular and devastating geopolitical shifts of the twentieth century, including the world wars, Communist revolutions, imperialism and decolonization, and the global Cold War and its aftermaths. Lectures and readings will emphasize the influence of human belief and strategy, and their relation to structural factors, on the unfolding of international history. While our actors and institutions will range widely— from Gandhi to Gorbachev, from the Comintern to the EU— we will keep our eyes throughout on the interplay between European crisis, U.S. foreign policy, and conflict and upheaval in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Course Books

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 by Stephen Kotkin Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195368635 Required
Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf Harvest//Harcourt. ISBN: 978-0156901772 Required
All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque Ballantine. ISBN: 0449213943 [that is the isbn 10; isbn 13 not listed on amazon) Required
War without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War by John Dower Pantheon. ISBN: 978-0075416524 Required
Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present by Mark Mazower Penguin Books. ISBN: 978-0143123941 Required
One World Divisible: A Global History since 1945 by David Reynolds W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0393321081 Required