Fall 2020

History of International Relations

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-352

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Gustavo Salcedo (Section 01)


This course seeks to give a comprehensive view of the historical evolution of international relations (IR) from 1919 to the present. Through extensive readings and numerous audio and video documentaries, students will be able to examine and analyze the main events that shaped and influenced world politics since the early twentieth century. Students will be able to appreciate how remarkable political leaders, along with huge contending forces, such as democracy, communism, fascism, poverty, populism and globalization, to name but a few, have forged the world and the international system in which we live.

Each topic will be accompanied by a selection of some of the most representative texts written by well-known historians and IR scholars. Special emphasis will also be placed on the use of historical primary sources; thus, all analysis of the main historical and political events will be complemented by relevant primary sources, such as public or private documents or memoirs.  In this way, students will be provided with direct and unfiltered insight into the event itself, as well as the culture and idiosyncrasy of the period under scrutiny.

The course seeks to enhance students’ knowledge of history and especially the behind-the-scenes dynamics of diplomacy and IR.

Requisite: At least one POSC course numbered 200 or above. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Salcedo.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Fall 2021