International History: The Cold War World, 1945-1991
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
40 pts from HIST 200-299 (or 20 pts from HIST 200-299, one of CLAS 207, 208)
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This course has a primarily chronological focus from 1945 to 1991 but also includes some thematic structure, notably a focus on the Cold War as an 'imaginary war' and the cultural effects of the Cold War in areas such as gender, race, and class. It will compare and contrast the situation of Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Although it will not focus entirely on the United States and the Soviet Union, it will emphasise those two nation states as primary architects of the Cold War order. Lectures will provide a broad overview, viewings of documentaries will provide additional information and seminars will focus on Cold War historiography or presentations by students of your research into a specific aspect of Cold War history through an analysis of historiography and documents and other available sources, including, where appropriate, media resources such as Proquest Historical Newspapers, virtual archives available on the internet such as Central Intelligence Agency reports, databases such as the National Security Archives and published collections of documents such as those for the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Students passing the course be able to:
1. develop a broad knowledge of the Cold War period (1945-1991) as an example of
international and transnational history;
2. develop research skills in the analysis of primary and secondary evidence;
3. undertake an original historical research project from initial question to completion;
4. develop skills in oral and written presentation of historical interpretations;
5. actively and critically read, view, and discuss the history, historiography and documentary
presentation of the Cold War;
6. develop skills in the use of digital databases and virtual archives for historical research and
1500 word historiographical essay- 20%
3000-3500 word essay- 30%
short answer test- 25%
interpretative test in open book format- 25%
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