Avoiding Armageddon, Lessons from the First Cold War

From the end of WWII, the struggle between two nuclear superpowers dominated international relations for five decades. Each possessed an arsenal capable of destroying the world; Armageddon became a real and imminent threat. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, they realised they must learn to deal with this frightening new reality, or face annihilation. Many observers believe the next decade will be the most dangerous period in international relations since the end of the Cold War. What were the lessons learnt in the Cold War and how can they help us understand the world today and avert a future disaster?

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face / Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The origins of the Cold War from the Long Telegram to the Iron Curtain
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis - Armageddon averted (just)
  • Treaties, Summit Meetings and Détente: how diplomacy responds to the threat of nuclear destruction
  • The Able Archer Affair and other near misses
  • The fall of the Soviet Union and “The End of History”
  • The world today, do we need to prepare for a new Cold War?

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a general overview of the course of the Cold War and the diplomatic framework established to maintain peace between the United States and the Soviet Union.
$39 Limited

<p>From the end of WWII, the struggle between two nuclear superpowers dominated international relations for five decades. Each possessed an arsenal capable of destroying the world; Armageddon became a

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08 Aug
$39 Limited

<p>From the end of WWII, the struggle between two nuclear superpowers dominated international relations for five decades. Each possessed an arsenal capable of destroying the world; Armageddon became a

...
11 Aug

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