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IR 350/HI 334: Introduction to the Course

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IR 350/HI 334: Introduction to the Course IR 350, HI 334

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Grading, requirements and main topics of the course
History of International Relations 1945-Present
William Keylor
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Date Created: 01/19/16
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 IR 350/HI 334 History of International Relations 1945­Present Lecture 1: Introduction to HI 334/IR 350 What’s in these notes: I. Structure of the Course ­ lectures ­ readings ­ discussion sections ­ examinations, papers, grading policies, etc. II. Substance of the Course ­ “The History of International Relations Since 1945”: some definitions and observations ­ the legacies of WWII across the globe Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday, 2­3:30 PM (always ends at 3:20) ­ organized chronologically and geographically ­ Professor Keylor’s take on the material, open for debate ­ questions and comments are always welcome during lecture ­ laptops are allowed, please pay attention Readings: ­ listed on the syllabus ­ Keylor textbook, solid summary of important topics ­ collections of primary source documents ­ primary source: document(s) generated at the time by the people who were involved ­ secondary source: historian studies and writes about something that happened ­ The Cold War (occupies A LOT of this course’s attention): speeches, government documents, etc. ­ The Vietnam War: documents, photos ­ part 1: the Vietnam/Indochina War (French phase until 1954) ­ part 2: the Second Indochina War (1960­1975, American phase) ­ available at the bookstore (Cold War book is exclusively at the bookstore) Discussion Sections: ­ studying and analyzing primary sources ­ assignments and readings found in discussion syllabus ­ if you can’t make your usual discussion, you can attend another, let your TF know Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11­12 or by appointment Important Dates: March 3: Midterm April 7: Analytical paper due in lecture May 3: Final Exam (3­5 PM) (not cumulative, will not cover material from before the midterm)  location TBA Exams: essays, no multiple choice Grading Criteria: Midterm: 25% Paper: 25% Final: 30% Discussion: 20% (attendance and participation) “History of International Relations since 1945” ­ NOT about theory ­ the development of international relations over time ­ a lot will be covered, a lot will be left out ­ the relationship between and among nation­states ­ 1945: 51 nations join the UN ­ today: 193 or so ­ nationalism ­ de­colonization creates independent nation states ­ collapse and disintegration of the Soviet Union (1991) results in 15 independent republics ­ late 20th­century prediction: globalization leading to the erasure of borders, instead there will  be state conglomerations (FALSE) ­ not all nation­states will be treated equally (certain nation­states are more powerful in terms  of economics, military, politics or culture) ­ great power: nation­state that is so powerful that they are able to influence and project their  power far beyond their own borders ­ 1945: Germany and Japan defeated, devastated, temporarily recede from ranks of great  powers ­ 1945: France recedes when she loses her colonial empire ­ 1945: two superpowers, the US and Soviet Union, primarily defeated Germany ­ Why 1945? ­ radical transformation in the international system ­ power was wielded by a group of states until 1945, bipolar international order ­ nuclear age begins (US drops 2 atomic bombs), possibility of other countries acquiring  such a weapon, potential destruction of the human race ­ war is no longer an “extension of politics” ­ decolonization  Main Themes: The Two “Superpowers” ­ United States and Soviet Union ­ nuclear arms race ­ the Cold War Europe Divided ­ non­communist west ­ communist east ­ superpower patrons The Recovery of Asia ­ Japan ­ China ­ Southeast Asian countries who achieve independence from European colonial powers ­ economic recovery ­ horrendous destruction and loss of life during WWII ­ struggle to recover from WWII ­ Cold War extends to Asia ­ 1949: People’s Republic of China ­ engulfs Korea, Indochina, etc. The Middle East: Perennial Hotspot ­ conflicts, struggles, civil wars ­ roots of todays conflicts ­ struggling and suffering  ­ constantly dragged into military conflict and civil war Africa’s Road to Independence ­ almost completely controlled by European nations ­ Liberia: haven for freed slaves ­ Abyssinia: ancient empire The Inter­American System ­ the Western hemisphere ­ US and Latin America ­ not including Canada (part of the British Commonwealth of Nations) ­ United States policy towards Latin America changes dramatically ­ Latin America resents US dominance (economically and militarily) ­ United States­dominated security system protection from communism ­ except for Cuba Many other things will be covered, they can be found in the syllabus Regional rivalries and conflicts that have little to do with the Cold War establishment of Jewish State (Israel) in 1948 recognized by both superpowers (at first) Soviet Union starts getting involved in the Middle East and divisions spring up decolonization in Africa primarily movements of national liberation by African peoples against colonial  oppressors Russians try to get involved, but most has nothing to do with Cold War This course is important as CITIZENS, understanding historical roots of what you read today,  help you make decisions voting, etc.


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