International Relations 1914-91
What caused the
First World War?The origins of the
First World War, 1890-1914: the Alliance System, colonial rivalries,
developments in the Balkans, the crisis of June-July 1914 and the
outbreak of war.
Were the Peace
Treaties of 1919-23 fair?
The peace treaties of
1919-23 (Versailles, St. Germain, Trianon, Neuilly, Sevres and Lausanne);
the roles of individuals such as Wilson, Clemenceau and Lloyd George in
the peacemaking process; the impact of the treaties on the defeated
countries;contemporary opinions about the treaties.
To what extent was
the League of Nations a success?
The League of Nations;
strengths and weaknesses in its structure and organisation; successes
and failures in peacekeeping during the 1920s; the impact of the World
Depression on the work of the League after 1929; the failures of the
League during the 1930s, including Manchuria and Abyssinia.
international peace collapsed by 1939?
The collapse of
international order in the 1930s; the increasing militarism of Germany,
Italy and Japan; Hitler's foreign policy to 1939; the Saar,
remilitarization of the Rhineland, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland;
appeasement and the outbreak of war in 1939.
Who was to blame
for the Cold War?
The origins of the
Cold War; the 1945 summit conferences and the breakdown of the USA-USSR
alliance in 1945-6; Soviet expansionism in Eastern Europe to 1948, and
American reactions to it; occupation of Germany and the Berlin Blockade.
How effectively did
the USA contain the spread of Communism?
Events of the Cold
War: case studies of American reactions to the Cuban revolution,
including the Missile Crisis and its aftermath, and American involvement
in the Vietnam War.
How secure was the
USSR's control over Eastern Europe, 1948-c.1989?
Soviet power in
Eastern Europe; resistance to Soviet power in Hungary, 1956, and
Czechoslovakia, 1968; the Berlin Wall;' Solidarity' in Poland; Gorbachev
and the collapse of the Soviet Empire.