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Post-War: Themes in Comparative European History since 1945 (Level 5)


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Our Post-War: Themes in Comparative European History Since 1945 short course covers two major aspects of European history. With Dr Martin Shipway, you will look at decolonisation mainly of the French and British overseas empires and the repercussions of this process on France and Britain. With Dr Eckard Michels, you will examine the division of the European continent during the Cold War, looking at developments both in eastern and western Europe and how this divide of the continent came to an end in 1989/91.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • The Cold War: an introduction
  • Plans for a Post-War European Order during WWII
  • The End of the Allied War Time Alliance, 1945-1947
  • Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, 1950s
  • The Beginning of European Integration, 1950s
  • The Beginnings of the End of Empire: 1919-39; impact of WWII
  • The End of Empire: the Asian ‘First Wave’, 1945-49; African colonial reform and revolt;  the climax of decolonisation
  • West European Integration, 1960s and 1970s
  • The Era of East-West Détente, 1960s and 1970s
  • Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, 1960s-1980s
  • Glasnost and Perestroika in the Soviet Union under Gorbachev, 1985-1991
  • The Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe
  • After Empire: the ‘wind of change’; post-imperial Europe; new identities?
  • The European Union from Maastricht to Brexit

This course is assessed by two 2500-word essays.

30 credits at level 5

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