Diplomatic History of the Modern Era II (1945-2004) (HIST 349)

2020 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Selçuk Akşin Somel somel@sabanciuniv.edu,
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SPS102 SPS101
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Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Guided discovery
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Aims to provide an overview of international developments from the Potsdam Conference down to the current issues of globalization and the emergence of USA as the only world power. Topics dealt with include : the origins of the Cold War; NATO and the Warsaw Pact; regional wars (Korea, Vietnam) and other crises (Berlin, Cuba, the Middle East); ); the partial thaw of the 1970s; the SALT agreements; the Third World and the Non-Alignment movement; the Helsinki Summit of 1975. Escalating tensions from the late 1970s into the 1980s (renewed nuclear buildups, together with crises in Grenada, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia- Somalia). The disintegration of the USSR and the end of the Cold War. A new era of diplomatic and military instability, marked by US unilateralism, the emergence of China as a new power, the EU as another global player, continuing problems in Russia, "failed states" in the Third World, and global terrorism.


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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to;
a.) describe the main themes of the Cold War era and post Cold War period, together with a deeper knowledge of themes to be selected by the students for course paper.
b.) identify the key developments, institutions and individuals of the Cold War era and post Cold War period and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter.
c.) describe large themes over a relatively long span of history.
d.) compare diplomatic issues of different periods while deploying historical argument.
e.) develop independent study.
f.) evaluate material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 1

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 3

1. Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 5

2. Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5

1. Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 5

2. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 5

3. Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 5

4. Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Term-Paper 20



Ruth Henig: Versailles and After, 1919-1933 (London & New York: Routledge, 2001).

David Williamson : War and Peace: International Relations 1914-1945 (Oxon : Hodder & Stoughton, 2001), pp 129-148.

Anne Deighton : ?The Cold War in Europe, 1945-1947: Three Approaches?, in: Ngaire Woods (ed.): Explaining International Relations Since 1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), 81-97.

William R. Keylor : The twentieth-century world : an international history (New York :
Oxford University Press, 1996), 251-340; 493-506.

Gordon A.Craig and Alexander L.George : Force and Statescraft. Diplomatic Problems of Our Time (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), 102-137.

Norrie Macqueen : The United Nations Since 1945. Peacekeeping and the Cold War (London; New York : Longman, 1999), 1-113.

Gary Thorn : End of empires : European decolonisation, 1919-80 (London : Hodder & Stoughton Educational, c2000), pp 37-127.

George Lenczowski : The Middle East in World Affairs. Fourth Edition (Ithaca and
London : Cornell University Press, 1985), 314-359, 388-469.

Peter Calvocoressi : World Politics Since 1945. Seventh Edition (London and New York: Longman, 1996), 35-60; 207-280; 479-512.

Yuen Foong Khong : ?The United States and East Asia: Challenges to the Balance of
Power?, in: Ngaire Woods (ed.): Explaining International Relations Since 1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), 179-195.

John Baylis and Steve Smith (eds.): The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Relations. Second Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), 92-109; 470-633.

Kathryn Sikkink : ?The Power of Principled Ideas: Human Rights Policies in the United States and Western Europe?, in Judith Goldstein and Robert O.Keohane (eds.): Ideas and Foreign Policy. Beliefs, Institutions, and Political Change (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1993), 139-170.

Stanley Hoffmann : World disorders : troubled peace in the post-Cold War era (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, c1998), 200-249.

Andrew J.Bacevich : American Empire. The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002), 117-166; 225-244.

James Mittelman and Richard Falk : ?Global Hegemony and Regionalism?, in: Stephen C. Calleya (ed.) : Regionalism in the Post-Cold War Period (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), 3-21.

Stefan Mair : ?The New World of Privatized Violence?, International Politics and Society (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) 2 (2003), 11-28.

Stephen Ellis : ?The Old Roots of Africa?s New Wars?, International Politics and
Society (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) 2 (2003), 29-43.

Kenneth B. Moss : ?Reasserting American Exceptionalism: Confronting the World. The National Security Strategy of the Bush Administration?, International Politics and Society (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) 3 (2003), 135-155.

Herbert Kitschelt : ?Origins of International Terrorism in the Middle East?, International Politics and Society (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) 1 (2004), 159-188.