Fall 2015 -- History 224 -- Professor Patch

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HOMEPAGE FOR HISTORY 224. 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SINCE 1917:

THE END OF EUROPEAN HEGEMONY

     Interest in international relations declined in America after the end of the Cold War, because no major threat to national security was perceived from abroad, but recent events have reminded us that it remains vitally important to study the causes of international conflict and the most successful strategies for conflict resolution.  In this course we will analyze the great issues of war and peace in the twentieth century---the debate over peacemaking strategies at the end of the First World War, the impact on international relations of the spread of communism and fascism, the tensions caused by the Great Depression, "appeasement" and the outbreak of the Second World War, the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel, the resolution of conflicts within Europe through the formation of a “common market,” the dissolution of European colonial empires after 1945, the history of the Cold War, and the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1956.  We will seek to classify international conflicts according to the following categories, and discuss what diplomatic strategies are best suited to prevent each kind of conflict, and which kind of conflict occurs most often:

  1. Wars of aggression

  2. Wars resulting from a "spiral of tensions"

  3. Preemptive attacks against would-be aggressors

  4. "Just wars" to redress legitimate grievances

Click on the buttons above for more information about the course or to e-mail me, Professor William Patch.  My office is Newcomb 219; office hours for Fall 2015 Winter 2014 are Monday and Wednesday, 11:15-12, 4-5, and Friday 3:30-4:45, or by appointment.  Click on the icons below to consult reference maps.

 

#1. Ethnographic map of Europe in 1900

#2. European borders in 1900

#3. The Disintegration of the Ottoman Empire

#4. Europe's Colonial Empires in 1913

#5. The Versailles Peace Settlement

#6. The Second World War in Europe

#7. The Second World War in the Pacific

#8. Europe in the Cold War

#9. Decolonization in Asia

#10. Decolonization in Africa

CREDITS FOR THE MAPS ABOVE:

  1. SOURCE: http://members.tripod.com/cafehome/mapsofeurope/europe1815_1914lang.jpg

  2. SOURCE: http://www.unlv.edu/faculty/pwerth/Europe-1900.jpg

  3. Hammond's World History Atlas, revised edition (Maplewood, New Jersey, 1987), H-37.

  4. Richard Holmes, The World Atlas of Warfare: Military Innovations that Changed the Course of History (London and New York: Viking, 1988), p. 115.

  5. Hammond's World History Atlas, revised edition (Maplewood, New Jersey, 1987), H-46.

  6. Hammond's World History Atlas, revised edition (Maplewood, New Jersey, 1987), H-50.

  7. Hammond's World History Atlas, revised edition (Maplewood, New Jersey, 1987), H-50.

  8. Hammond's World History Atlas, revised edition (Maplewood, New Jersey, 1987), H-52.

  9. R.R. Palmer, ed., Historical Atlas of the World (Chicago and New York: Rand McNally, 1965), p. 37.

  10. Hammond's World History Atlas, revised edition (Maplewood, New Jersey, 1987), H-57.