Module Identifier IPM3430  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Mick Cox  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Seminar   1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester  
Assessment Essay   1 x 4,000 words   50%  
  Exam   3 Hours To be examined in Semester Two.   50%  


By the end of this module you should:


The Cold War has generated a vast and highly polemical historiography notably but not only in the United States of America where historians have long disputed the original causes of the East-West conflict, its wider implications for the world order, and the principle reasons for the conclusion of the antagonism in the late eighties. Indeed, in recent years, these debates have been given new meaning precisely because of the end of the Cold War and the release of large amounts of previously classified material; both from the 'other side' as well as from western archives. In this module we shall be examining the main currents of opinion in this ongoing debate. In the process we shall look at, inter alia, the strengths of and the perceived weaknesses of the different schools of thought; why certain schools achieved intellectual success at certain times but not at others; the complex relationship between ideology and the writing of history; and the more general role and responsibility of the historian in a world where historical ideas have frequently been deployed both to legitimize and deligitimize different political and strategic practices.