The Legacy of 1989

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The Legacy of 1989

<p>30 years ago the dramatic events in 1989 changed history and the world. We take a closer look at the legacy of 1989, from the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the end of Communism and the Cold War in

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30 years ago the dramatic events in 1989 changed history and the world. We take a closer look at the legacy of 1989, from the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the end of Communism and the Cold War in 1991.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Gaddis, John Lewis, The Cold War (London: Penguin, 2007);
  • Gorbachev, Mikhail, The New Russia (Polity Press, 2016);
  • Isaacs, Jeremy, and Taylor Downing, Cold War (London: Abacus, 2008);
  • Judt, Tony, Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (London: Pimlico, 2007);
  • Taylor, Frederick, The Berlin Wall (London: Bloomsbury, 2007).


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • 1989: The Year that changed the world
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • The End of Communism
  • The End of the Cold War in 1991
  • Review & Discussion: The Legacy of 1989


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

  1. Gain an understanding of the historical importance and legacy of the year 1989 in the context of the Cold War;
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past;
  3. Learn skills in interpreting evidence and historical scholarship;
  4. Have a sense of the excitement of studying history.