Module Identifier IP35520  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Len Scott  
Semester Intended For Use In Future Years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   9 Hours 9 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours 6 x 2 hour  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours the alternative method of assessment is 1 x 2 hour exam (70%) plus 1 x 1,500 word essay (30%)   70%  
  Course work   Either method of assessment is 2 x 3,000 word essays (50% each) or   100%  
  Essay   the alternative method of assessment is 1 x 2 hour exam (70%) plus 1 x 1,500 word essay (30%)   30%  

Brief description
In October 1962 Cold War came close to nuclear war. Ever since scholars, political leaders and military officials have pondered and debated how close we were to Armageddon. The causes, courses and consequences of the crisis continue to generate debate and disagreement among academics and surviving participants on all sides.

The aim of the module is to explore the debates surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis, and examine how historians, political scientists and students of crisis management analyse the events of 1962. A second aim is to show how the study of the crisis illuminates various aspects of scholarship. What, for example, can recent historiography tell us about the opportunities and challenges for historical method, especially now that the Cold War is over? Third, the possible lessons of the crisis for diplomacy and crisis management are studied not just in the Cold War context, but in the age of weapons of mass destruction which we still inhabit.

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali. 'One Hell of a Gamble': Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Ernest R May and Phillip D Zelikow. The Kennedy Tapes. Inside the Whote House During the Cuban Missile Crisis.