It encompasses different human societies and the conflicts between and within them, all of which remain controversial. Given the global scope, it is often impossible to identify self-contained bodies of knowledge in a small number of key works or texts.
This course is constructed around a number of themes and topics which limit the extent of the courses’ coverage and make them more manageable for students even if acquiring more in-depth knowledge is an important aspect of historical learning.
- The breakdown of the Grand Alliance
- The German Question and the Marshall Plan
- Rollback and ‘containment’.
- Covert operations and propaganda
- Nuclear weapons
- Sino-Soviet split
- Latin America
- The Middle East.
- The end of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union
- The post-Cold War world.
If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:
- Analyse the nature and significance of the Cold War international system
- Explain how the Cold War originated and how and why it ended
- Describe how Cold War international crises were perceived and responded to, particularly by the USA, in various parts of the world
- Relate local and regional aspects of particular conflicts to the broader international aspects of the Cold War which influenced them
- Analyse what influenced states and their rulers as they sought to expand their power and influence and deal with threats to their interests
- Become aware of the elements of the Cold War international system that were connected to the post-Cold War era.
Unseen written exam (3 hr).
Course information sheets
Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.