HIS 83. The League of Nations: international organization, international politics and internationalism, 1850s-1950s

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HIS 83. The League of Nations: international organization, international politics and internationalism, 1850s-1950s
Why did the victorious Great Powers decide to set up an international organization - The League of Nations - to manage the plethora of regional and global challenges following the First World War? Which deeper structural, ideological, political and economic forces drove the shift from the 19th century Concert of Europe to the 20th century League of Nations? How did the League of Nations function and shape international politics in the interwar period? And, what was the lasting impact and legacy of the League on 20th and 21st century international politics and organization? These are the main questions that this course will seek to answer.

The course will explore:
(1) The emergence of internationalisms in the 19th Century.
(2) The devastating and transformative impact of the First World War.
(3) The Paris Peace Conference and its lasting effects on 20th century international relations.
(4) The organization of the League of Nations and the role it played in interwar politics and technical cooperation.
(5) The legacies and lessons learned from the League into postwar international politics and organization.

The course will consist of group instructions/seminar teaching, combining small lectures, group exercises and individual analytical and writing exercises. It aims at preparing the students to critically engage with the complexities of writing histories of international organizations and how to analyze sources in multinational, transnational and global contexts. The course will also have a particular emphasis on digital resources and digital research tools.

We will rely on Mark Mazower’s Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present, the full digital archives of the League of Nations (UN Geneva), a wide range of digital research tools and additional secondary literature

Education

Historie
Område B: akademisk skriftlighed med fokus på kildeanalyse (HHIK03831E)
[Fagstudieordning. Kandidatuddannelsen i historie, 2019-ordningen]

Område B: akademisk skriftlighed med fokus på kildeanalyse (HHIK03871E)
[Fagstudieordning. Kandidatdelen af sidefaget i historie, 2019-ordningen]

Historisk tilvalgsområde 1 (HHIB10211E) [kun for studerende med grundfag i Historie]
[Fagstudieordning. Bachelortilvalg i historie, 2019-ordningen]

Group instruction / classes / exercises /other

Main book:
- Mark Mazower: Governing the World: The History of an Idea. New York: Penguin Press, 2012.

Core articles/book chapters:
- Zara Steiner (2007) The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933. Oxford: OUP, 602-634, 800-817.
- Susan Pedersen (2007) “Back to the League of Nations”, The American Historical Review 112, 1091-1117.
- Leonard V. Smith (2018) Sovereignty at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Oxford: OUP, 1-59.
- Karen Gram-Skjoldager and Haakon A. Ikonomou (2020) “The making of the international civil servant c. 1920-1960 – establishing the profession” in Karen Gram-Skjoldager, Haakon A. Ikonomou and Torsten Kahlert (eds.) Organizing the 20th Century World: International Organizations and the Emergence of International Public Administration, 1920s-1960s. London: Bloomsbury, 215-230.

Kun studerende med grundfag i Historie kan anvende dette kursus som Bachelortilvalg.

Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other under invigilation
Criteria for exam assessment

Upper secondary school teacher degree (minor subject)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 203
  • Exam Preparation
  • 129,5
  • English
  • 388,5