After completing the course, students will have a good understanding of developments in world politics after the Second World War, particularly the factors underlying the Cold War and its active parties, as well as interaction between the various parties. Students will be able to set the importance and mutual interaction of various factors into context, in addition to which they will have familiarised themselves (through writing an essay) with a central case chosen by themselves.
An advanced general overview of the international politics of the Cold War, examined in interaction with the internal processes of various regions and societies. A global perspective is an essential part of the course. A chosen special question will be studied further, opening a window also to broader trends.
Literature required for the book examination
Choose four books from the following:
· Autio-Sarasmo & Miklossy (eds.): Reassessing Cold War Europe
· Hixson, Walter L.: Parting the Curtain, Propaganda, Culture, and the Cold War
· Krekola: Maailma kylässä 1962
· Rainio-Niemi: The Ideological Cold War. The Politics of Neutrality in Austria and in Finland
· Rentola: Vallankumouksen aave
· Sarotte, Mary Elise: The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall (2014)
· Suri: Power and Protest. Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente
· Haslam: Russia’s Cold War
Literature for the essays (Depending on the topic, others may also be used.)
· Aunesluoma: Britain, Sweden and the Cold War: Understanding Neutrality
· Dean, Robert D.: Imperial Brotherhood. Gender and the Making of the Cold War Foreign Policy
· Hentilä: Kaksi Saksaa ja Suomi
· Service: The End of the Cold War
· Westad: The Global Cold War
· Zubok: A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5. All completed components will be taken into account in assessment, while self-assessment is promoted.
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
a) The course is implemented as contact and/or online teaching, including literature and assignments (students of the Study Track in Political History).
b) Independent written assignments under supervision
c) A book examination
Annual completion methods will be specified in the teaching programme.