History of International Politics

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
To provide students with several tools to better understand the current state of Euro-American relations, the course will analyze the history of the political, economic and cultural relations between US and the European countries in the frame of the wider international developments of the XX century.
In particular, the course will explore the cooperation, competition and conflicts factors that have shaped the transatlantic relations since 1898 up to present days; it will be therefore devoted particular attention both to bilateral relations between US and the major European countries, and to relations between US and the European Community as part of the larger Atlantic Community.
Our methodological approach will privilege a critical examination of the most qualified trends in historiography and a rigorous analysis of the available primary sources, with the goal to make students able to apply acquired knowledge to the analysis of the complexity of the present world, also through the assignment of original research papers.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
Unità didattica 1
SPS/06 - HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Merlati Mariele
Unità didattica 2
SPS/06 - HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Merlati Mariele
Unità didattica 3
SPS/06 - HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Graglia Piero
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Unità didattica 1
Syllabus
The first unit will be devoted to analyze the complex relations between USA and Great Britain in the period across the end of the XIXth and the beginning of the XXth Century, with an extension until the end of WWII, paying particular attention to the special relationship and to its point of force and aspects of weakness. Using primary sources, some points will be in particular stressed: the American empire, US exceptionalism and its weight in the transatlantic relations; WWI consequences for the Anglo-American relations; American and British contributions to the first attempts to create a collective security system; dvergence and convergence in US and British behaviors towards totalitarian regimes in Europe and in the Pacific; the importance represented by the most relevant characters of international politics in this period, with particular reference to Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Unità didattica 2
Syllabus
In the second unit we will deepen those security and political elements that characterized US relations with Europe since the end of WWII up to the 60s. Political cooperation, economic relations and cultural likage will be evalueted and presented using a large amount of primary sources, trying to individuate the origins of the so-called "Transatlantic solidarity", and the way by which this solidarity has been declined and intended by the European actors; a particular attention will be devoted to the British labour party "revisionism and Ernst Bevin in the first pahse of the Cold War, the different phases of evolution of Anglo-American relations with reference to the Transatlantic security system, US and British policies towards China, India, Middle East and emergent countries, Anglo-American relations in the JFK era.
Unità didattica 3
Syllabus
The third unit wil consider the period of the so-called "second European integration, that spans from the early Seventies up to the period of the Transatlantic drift after 2001.
This last part of the course will deal with the relations between USA and Europe after the Aja Conference in December 1969 and the entrance of the United Kingdom in the European Economic Community. A particular focus will be centered on the American behavior towards the European integration process, booth considered as a great opportunity and an evident threat to US hegemony in the political and economic field. Economic globalization and the emergence of athor actors in the international scenario will be the context in which the "Atlantic Community" will be analyzed.
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Unità didattica 1
Syllabus
A deep knowledge of the suggested textbooks will be required, verifying the ability to apply knowledge to specific cases.
Unità didattica 2
Syllabus
A deep knowledge of the suggested textbooks will be required, verifying the ability to apply knowledge to specific cases.
Unità didattica 3
Syllabus
A deep knowledge of the suggested textbooks will be required, verifying the ability to apply knowledge to specific cases.
Lesson period
Second trimester
Lesson period
Second trimester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
Office hours: Thursdays from 10,30 AM to 1,30 PM
Via Conservatorio 7, 20122 Milano - Room 21, 3rd floor