Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Mediterranean since 1945

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Arts

DESCRIPTION Lectures will deal with the major developments and changes experienced by the Mediterranean and by individual countries bordering its shores since the end of the Second World war. These include: the impact of the Cold War and of decolonization, and the interaction between the two phenomena, north-south relations, the role of major players such as the superpowers and the European Community/Union, issues of integration and disintegration, as well as the notion of 'regionality'. The main developments, internal and external, in the individual Mediterranean states or groups of states are also followed and discussed. These include the participation of southern European states in the integrative processes of Europe and the West, the relations and tensions within in the Balkan and Aegean area, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and developments in the post-independence Maghreb. The study-unit will conclude with an appreciation of the problems facing the contemporary Mediterranean and the region's place in the world today.

Study-unit Aims:

• To equip students who do not possess prior knowledge of recent historical developments in the Mediterranean with a grasp of the complex issues of history and international relations that concern the Mediterranean;
• To provide a historical perspective for the understanding of Mediterranean politics today.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• evaluate the place of the Mediterranean in the contemporary world;
• gain insights into the underlying causes of the major movements and developments that define the Mediterranean today;
• understand the complexity of the region's historical experience and avoid simplistic conclusions and stereotyping.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• organize, synthesise and observe patterns from apparently scattered knowledge;
• analyse current affairs as they occur in the region and beyond;
• draw on the knowledge acquired during the study-unit in any competitive examinations or interviews that require awareness of contemporary international affairs.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts
David Abulafia, 'A Globalized Mediterranean', in D. Abulafia (ed), The Mediterranean in History, (London 2003).
Ali Abdullatif Ahmida (Ed.), Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture, and Politics, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).
Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics since 1945 (9th edition), (Longman 2008).
Dominic Fenech, 'The Mediterranean Region during the Cold War and After', in John B. Hattendorf (ed), Naval Policy and Strategy in the Mediterranean: Past, Present and Future. (Frank Cass 2000).
Misha Glenny, The Balkans, 1804-1999: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, (London 2000).
Halliday, Fred, The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology, (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Supplementary Readings
Raymond Carr, Modern Spain, 1875-1980, (Oxford 1980).
Richard Clogg, A Concise History of Greece, (Cambridge 2006).
Kristo Frasheri & Skender Anamali, The History of Albania, (London 1981).
Robert Gildea, France since 1945, (Oxford 2002).
John R. Lampe, Yugoslavia as History: Twice there was a Country, (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Geoffrey Lewis, Modern Turkey (Third Edition), (Oxford University Press 2001).
Patrick McCarthy, Italy since 1945, (Oxford 2000).
Peter Mansfield, A History of the Middle East (4th Edition), (Penguin 2013).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualifications: Not available for students who have followed the study-unit ‘Contemporary Mediterranean History’ at undergraduate level.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Dominic Fenech

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