Undergraduate Course: The United States and Transatlantic Relations during the Cold War (HIST10254)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Against the background of rather strained transatlantic relations in recent years, it is important to analyze and understand the origins and development of the transatlantic alliance in the wake of World War II. This course focuses on the relations between the United States and its European allies during the Cold War, both in the guise of bilateral relations between the most important partners (the United States, France, Great Britain, and Germany) and in its expression in multilateral bodies such as NATO or the relations between the European Community and the United States. The most important questions guiding our analysis will be 1) Did the United States further or obstruct the process of European integration and 2) Was (and is) there a real community of values between the United States and its European allies, or did the alliance rather rest on a common political foe, the Soviet Union?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
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| Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should:
! have an understanding of the relations between the United States and its European allies during the Cold War, to be demonstrated in their essay and in the final exam.
! be familiar with the most important works on the period and outline the significant historiographical controversies on the question.
! be able to explain such key concepts as >the West,< >transatlantic community< and >Europe.<
! analyze and contextualize primary source material, to be demonstrated in their essay.
! arrive at independent, well-argued and well-documented and properly referenced conclusions in their coursework essay.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Fabian Hilfrich
Tel: (0131 6)51 3236
|Course secretary||Ms Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780