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International Political Conflict: Cold Wars and Hot Wars from 1945 to the Present - POL279

This unit will investigate the origins, evolution and demise of the 'Cold War', largely through the prism of American-Soviet rivalry in the Third World: from the politics of containment and conflict during the 1950s and 1960s; to the rise and demise of superpower 'detente' in the 1970s; to a revival of superpower conflict during the Reagan era; to the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the 1980s and the return to the world of a single superpower (United States) in the 1990s. We will conclude by posing two broad questions: Why did the Cold War end and what effect, if any, has this development has on post-Cold War American policy toward the Third World from Bush 1 to Obama. The part of the unit will also focus on three case studies: Cuba, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

2019 - Next offered in 2019

Staff Contact(s): Politics staff

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): POL270, POL272, POIX279
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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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