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The aim of this course is to explore the history of international politics on a global scale. The course is designed to overview the emergence of the concept of diplomacy as an institutional phenomenon and its historical advance to our present day.
American Revolution; French Revolution. The Napoleon era; Nationalist movements in Europe. Industrial Revolution; 1848 Revolutions. Italy’s and Germany’s unification; Reforms in Russia. American Civil War. Emergence of Imperialism. First World War; Russian Revolution; Paris Peace Treaty. The establishment of the Soviet Union. Illusionary peace; World economic crisis; rise of fascism. Second World War. Bipolar era: the Cold War; Korean War; NATO; European integration. Decolonization period; Middle East; Cuban missile crisis; Détente; Vietnam War. The end of the Cold War and global developments afterwards.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Depict and compare major events and developments in diplomatic history
2. Illustrate the emergence of the concept of diplomacy as an institutional phenomenon
3. Portray diplomacy’s advance to our present day
4. Analyze current developments from a historical perspective
5. Assess and make linkages between political, social and economic phenomena