The course intends to provide undergraduate students with a broad overview of the evolution of the international system in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the Second World war, the rise of the Cold war and its stabilization, the key crises of the bipolar confrontation, its final years and the collapse of the Soviet Union (1939-1991)
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Fruizione: 21810362 STORIA DELLE RELAZIONI INTERNAZIONALI in Politiche, cooperazione e sviluppo L-37 NUTI LEOPOLDO


Part 1 The origins and the evolution of the second world war. The rise of the bipolar system
The first phase of the war, 1939-1941; The birth of the Grand alliance, 1941-1943; Searching for a solution for the postwar period, 1944-1946; – The formation of the blocs, 1946- 1947; The consolidation of the blocs, 1948-1949. The Korean war and the transition in the US and in the USSR, 1950-1953; The early phase of decolonization: India and the Middle East; The Origins of European Integration
Part 2 The consolidation and fall of the bipolar system.
In search of stability, 1953-1956; Bloc tensions: the Sino-Soviet Schism and Transatlantic crises, 1956-1960; The twin crises in Berlin and Cuba; Arms control and the rise of detente, 1963 -1968; European integration and the Gaullist challenge; The Vietnam war and the beginning of detente, 1963-1968; Détente and ostpolitk, 1968-1975; The crisis of détente; The second cold war, 1979-1984; The transformation of the international system, 1985-1991

Core Documentation

Ennio Di Nolfo, Storia delle relazioni internazionali,
vol 1, Dalla pace di Versailles alla conferenza di Potsdam 1919-1945, da p. 233 alla fine
vol.2, Gli anni della guerra fredda 1946-1990


A regular class attendance is warmly recommended

Type of evaluation

A final oral exam in which the student will be asked to discuss some of the principal issues analysed during the course