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This unit will investigate the origins, evolution and demise of the ‘Cold War’, largely through the prism of American-Soviet rivalry in the Third World: from the politics of containment and conflict during the 1950s and 1960s, to the rise and demise of superpower ‘detente’ in the 1970s, to a revival of superpower conflict during the Reagan era, to the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the 1980s and the return to the world of a single superpower (United States) in the 1990s. The last part of the unit focuses on post-Cold War policy toward the Third World. The case studies include the 1990-1991 Gulf War, America’s policy toward Cuba, and the application of the Bush Doctrine to Afghanistan and Iraq.
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