HHIA05201U HIS/CEMES The History of International Organisations and Europe, 1814-2014

Volume 2014/2015
Modern European Studies (CEMES):
Modern European Studies 1 (Subject element HHIK03701E) [2013-Curriculum]
Modern European Studies 2 (Subject element HHIK03711E) [2013-Curriculum]

Module I-VI [MA Programme, 2008-Curriculum]
Module I-VI [MA-elective Programme, 2008-Curriculum]
BA-level [Internal BA-elective for BA students of History]
Module T4 (Subject element HHIB10501E) [BA-elective studies, 2007- and 2013-Curriculum]
Module T5 (Subject element HHIB10511E) [BA-elective studies, 2007- and 2013-Curriculum]

The History of International Organisations and Europe, 1814-2014
‘Americans are from Mars, Europeans from Venus’ was the title of a recent popular treatment of the transatlantic relationship by Robert Kagan, in which the author implied that where the United States still had the will and ability to wage war, the European Union focused on normative power instead. Given the tumultuous history of Europe since 1814, including two world wars, Europeans have certainly not always come from Venus. This course will help understand just how Europe was transformed from Mars to Venus. It is the hypothesis of the course that the establishment and development of international institutions in Europe (and the world) have played a key role. Nowhere in the world have international organisations, including the European regional organisations after 1945, had the density and impact they had in Europe. Over time international organisations helped transform European politics, but also deeply impacted European states and societies. The result is a European continent organised in numerous, overlapping, international organisations, including an increasingly powerful European Union, which deeply regulate interstate politics and set norms and standards for both states and societies. The course will go through the development and impact of international organisations on European politics, states and societies from 1814 to 2014. It will trace the individual history of a number of representative international organisations over time and attempt a comparison. It will explore the historical dynamics behind the phenomenon, but also attempt to measure the consequences and impact of the increasing activities and number of international organisations.

Students should expect to read relatively difficult texts from history, the social science and law.

Course objectives (clarification of some of the objectives stipulated in the curriculum):
Students after the course will be able to:
• have a fundamental and basic understanding of the history of international organisations and their impact on Europe from 1814 to 2014have a fundamental and basic understanding of the history of international organisations and their impact on Europe from 1814 to 2014
• critically analyse and discuss different methodologies, historical interpretations and social science theories dealing with the history of international organisations
• communicate the key themes of the course clearly whether orally or in writings

Learning Outcome

- Mark Mazower: Governing the World. The History of an Idea. The Penguin Press: London 2012.

Group instruction / Seminar
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Total
  • 56