The Cold war 1945-1990
45 years out in the cold
The module analyses the history
of the Cold War from its origins in the early 1940s to the Arms Control Agreements of the late 1980s and the fall of the Berlin
wall in 1989.
Key themes will include
the Soviet consolidation of power in Eastern Europe; the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift; the Soviet invasion of Hungary; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the China
factor; Détente; Reagan and Gorbachev; Cold War propaganda and disinformation, the Stasi and the Berlin wall.
Historical Debate over origins of the Cold War
Cold War crises from the Berlin Blockade to the Prague Spring
Berlin timeline and notable events
rivalry in the Third World
The age of the spies
Collapse of Communism and the 'End' of the Cold War