Diplomatic History of the Twentieth Century

School: School of Government and Society
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 40 credits
Duration: All Year
Teaching: 2 hours per week. The format will be a combination of lecture / seminar.

Lecturer: Richard Lock-Pullan

The course focuses on the changes in the international system from the unification of Germany to the end of the Cold War and German re-unification.

The first term examines the changes in the European balance of power brought about by German unification, the rise of two extra-European powers, the US and Japan and the breakdown of the old European order as a result of two world wars.

The second terms focuses on the new bipolar world that emerged after 1945. We will look at the origins and development of the Cold War, its impact on the international system and how and why it came to an end.

The course aims to deepen students’ knowledge of 20th Century History, to further enhance their ability to:

  • fashion effective arguments
  • develop their analytical skills


  • 1 x 4000 word essay – 40%
  • 1 x 3 hour written  examination  - 50%
  • Presentation -10% 

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.