Diplomatic History

Course NameDiplomatic History
Course CodeIRS508
DescriptionThe goal of this course is to provide the students with a survey of diplomatic history from ancient times to the present with the main emphasis on the 19th and 20th century. The objective is based on examination of the main themes such as origins of diplomacy of the ancient civilizations, of Middle Ages and Renaissance diplomacy; the course is concentrated particularly around the key diplomatic conferences that established new systems: Peace of Westphalia, Congress of Vienna, Paris Peace Conference and Yalta conference, including their historical context, preconditions and outcomes. Besides the major themes of the 19th and 20th Century diplomacy, we will focus on selected issues and subject them a deeper analytical examination. Finally, we will examine the diplomatic negotiations of the end of the Cold War.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Comprehend and have a clear understanding of methodology and sources of diplomatic history as an academic discipline;
– Understand, in historical context, and analyze, the origins and development of diplomacy from the ancient times to the end of the Cold War;
– Analyze and evaluate the achievements of leading diplomats and their contribution in the solving of international problems;
– Analyze selected international problems from a diplomatic perspective.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS