International relations

The Short Twentieth Century and Beyond

Module code: L2005
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

Few periods in history have been more tumultuous than the 20th century, racked almost from start to finish by wars, revolutions and global ideological conflicts. In the same period, however, the international system also developed new mechanisms of stability and international organisation - the League of Nations and the United Nations, the 'Bretton Woods' institutions and, increasingly, European integration. This module reviews some major international events and processes of 'the short 20th century' (1914-1989), focusing on this theme of order and disorder in international history.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a knowledge of and the ability to interpret the themes and problems associated with the study of international history
  • Develop lines of argument that demonstrate sound judgement and appreciation of the central controversies facing historians as they have attempted to interpret historical events.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to the study of the international order from 1914 to 1989.