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Cold War and decolonization: a perspective of global history


Tuesday, 5 November 2019 to Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 40

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


The course will cover international and global history in the second half of the twentieth century, with a focus on the issues raised by the intersection of the Cold War and decolonization. Particular atttention will be directed to internationalist visions and practices, the relationship between power politics and ideology, the agendas and challenges of development, and interactions between great powers and Third World actors. The course will adopt an approach to the history of politics in the widest sense of the term, encompassing not only strategies and choices but the agency of movements, parties, and transnational networks, as well as political cultures. 


Educational Goal: 

Students will have to significantly develop their knowledge of international and global history in the second half of the Twentieth century, which should enable them to better understand some crucial sources of our globalized world. 

Bibliographical references

The Cambridge History of the Cold War, 3 vols., edited by Melvin Leffler and Odd Arne Westad, Cambridge UP, 2010

Odd Arne Westad, The Cold War: A World History, Allen Lane, London, 2017

 Martin Shipway, Decolonization and Its Impact: A Comparative Approach to the End of the Colonial Empires, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008