|| IPM0830 |
|| HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY AND THE GLOBAL COLD WAR |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Mr James R Vaughan |
|| Semester 2 |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hour weekly seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours ||30%|
|Semester Assessment|| Essays: 2 x 3,000 word essays (70%) ||70%|
|Supplementary Exam|| Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.|| |
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
By the end of this course students will:
have been introduced to the way in which general issues of philosophy and method relate to the specific context of International History
have appropriate training in the use of a broad range of historical source materials
have practised the necessary skills to make critical use of them;
demonstrate detailed knowledge of the more significant historiographical debates of the period;
be able to account for fluctuations in historical interpretation over time; and
be able to demonstrate a familiarity with different schools of historical thought.
The module provides an introduction to a range of thematic concerns and methodological issues central to the work of Cold War historians. It encourages students to consider post-1945 international history through the conceptual framework of a 'global Cold War', a political and ideological power struggle which while superficially reflecting a superpower-dominated, bi-polar international system, was fought out by a multiplicity of actors from every continent of the world and which led to the politicization and militarization of cultures and societies in ways that went beyond even the total wars of the first half of the twentieth century. Within this framework, the module explores the global dimensions of the Cold War struggle and encourages students to reconceptualise the Cold War as part of contemporary international history.
The primary aims of the module are (i) to serve as an introduction to Cold War historiography and (ii) to provide specialist training in the use of historical sources. The module seeks to develop understanding of the relationship between the historian and the writing of history by concentrating upon some of the key historiographical debates pertaining to the Cold War and seeks to promote the ability of students to respond to and make effective critical use of primary and secondary source materials.
Throughout the course, students will practise and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as self-management skills. In seminars, students will enhance listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as oral presentational skills. Essay writing will encourage students to practise independent research skills, including data collection and retrieval, writing, IT and time management. The examination tests these skills under time constraint conditions.
15 ECTS Credits
** Should Be Purchased
Odd Arne Westad (2005) The Global Cold War
** Recommended Text
Crockatt, Richard (1995) The Fifty Years War. The United States and the Soviet Union in World Politics, 1941-1991
Gaddis, John Lewis. (1997) We now know : rethinking Cold War history /John Lewis Gaddis.
Halle, Louis Joseph (1991.) The Cold War as history :with a new epilogue on the ending of the Cold War /Louis J. Halle.
Hanhimaki, Jussi M. (Sept. 2004) The Cold War:A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts
Hanhimaki, Jussi M. (Aug. 2003) The Cold War:A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts
Keylor, William R. (April 2001) The Twentieth-Century World:An International History
Larres, Klaus & Lane, Ann (eds.) (2001.) The Cold War :the essential readings /edited by Klaus Larres and Ann Lane.
Odd Arne Westad (ed) (2000.) Reviewing the Cold War :approaches, interpretations, and theory /Nobel Symposium ; edited by Odd Arne Westad.
Reynolds, David (2000.) One world divisible :a global history since 1945 /David Reynolds.
Young, John & Kent, John (2004) International Relations Since 1945: A Global History
This module is at CQFW Level 7