This course examines the relations between states in peace and war, and the development of international systems. Topics include: the pre-1924 system; the balance of power and the causes of WWI; the effects of the peace settlement and the rise of liberal and realist approaches to international relations; collective security and the League of Nations system; political and economic cooperation in the inter-war period; the impact of domestic politics and ideology on foreign policy; the causes of WWII; the relationship between politics and strategy in WWII; post-war reconstruction and the origins of the Cold War; the evolution of the Cold War; decolonization and self-determination; regional conflicts; integration in Western Europe, detente and the end of the Cold War; the evolution of security institutions; and international relations in the post-Cold War World.

Pre-requisite: None