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Synopsis for JW3 class on America for Monday 18th March

Updated: Mar 16

'Victory' in The Cold War creates its own problems


This will be the first of two lectures looking at how the world has reached the place it has in 2024. A world in which America continues to play a major role.


  1. The Wall falls, along with European Communism

  2. American historian Fukuyama proclaims the end of history

  3. Yet as one Cold War ends, a New Cold War Begins

  4. A New Cold War with multiple players of Kipling's 'Great Game', including, in addition to America, Russia, China. Iran, EU, and other players

  5. A New Cold War which has led to greater instability in the world, challenging long held American norms

  6. A link to next week: Hitler's shadow continues to haunt The West with the rise of nationalistic popularism


A Select Booklist


The End of History Francis Fukuyama

The New Cold War Gilbert Achcar

Free Lea Ypi

The Cold War Priscilla Roberts

Russia Mark Galeotti

Margaret Thatcher David Cannadine

The Berlin Wall Frederick Taylor

The Road to Unfreedom Timothy Snyder

International Relations Paul Wilkinson




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