After the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 the threat of imminent conflict in Europe receded, but the perils posed by nuclear war and antagonisms in the developing world remained.
This series of lectures will look at Europe’s role in a global Cold War as new international actors came to the fore (such as the People’s Republic of China). How would the peace in Europe be maintained? Why did the hopes associated with détente in the 1970s give way to a “New Cold War” in the 1980s? Could the Cold War division of the continent be reversed through peaceful means? And why did the conflict end so dramatically with the collapse of the Communist regimes of East-Central Europe in 1989-91?
Please note: enrolments for the series will close at 23:59 UTC on 19 January 2024.