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The Middle East during the Cold War: Conflicts and Crises, 1948-1991 - Einzelansicht

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SWS 2 Semester SoSe 2020
Einrichtung Historisches Institut   Sprache englisch
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Wars in the Greater Middle East seem an almost natural state of affairs. While especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has received much attention, the aspects of several other wars that ravaged the region since 1945 are seldom studied in context of the Cold War and development in military affairs. Yet, the Iraq-Iran War (1980-1988) and the Russian war in Afghanistan (1979-1989) have foreshadowed many developments and peculiarities of armed conflicts in the 21st century. This course aims to contextualise the Arab-Israeli Wars during the Cold War to neighbouring ones in the Greater Middle East. The focus will be the military operations – the political, diplomatic and social implications will be mentioned, but cannot be covered in detail. This course is held in English.




The course will initially be held online. Hence, do not worry too much about the first session or being able to secure a spot. This should not be a problem and we will work through this crisis together. 

I have set up a Moodle Course where you will find the readings and I will prepare a video for the first session that will give you guidance on what to expect. 

Stay healthy and "see" you soon!


Literatur • Ahron Bregman, Israel’s Wars. A History since 1947 (NY: Routledge, 2002).
• Samy Cohen, Israel’s Asymmetric Wars (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
• Kenneth M. Pollack, Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 (Lincoln, NE:
Nebraska UP 2002).
• Williamson Murray and Kevin M. Woods, The Iran-Iraq War. A Military and Strategic
History (Cambridge: CUP, 2014).
• Rodric Braithwaite, Afgantsy. The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89 (Oxford: OUP,
• Mirjam E. Sørli, Nils Petter Gleditsch, and Håvard Strand, ‘Why is there so much
conflict in the Middle East?’, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, 49:1, (2005), pp.141-
• Antony Cordesman, ‘The Changing Nature of War in the Middle East and North
Africa’, Harvard International Review, January 14, 2017.
• Nigel Ashton (ed.), The Cold War in the Middle East: Regional Conflict and the
Superpowers (London: Routledge, 2007).
Leistungsnachweis Active participation and a brief presentation are required.

Die Veranstaltung wurde 5 mal im Vorlesungsverzeichnis SoSe 2020 gefunden:
Philosophische Fakultät
Historisches Institut und Klassische Philologie
Master International War Studies (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2018/19)
Wahlpflichtbereich 2
GES_MA_019 - Militär und Gesellschaft nach 1945  - - - 1
GES_MA_022 - Angrenzende Bereiche der Militärgeschichte  - - - 2
Master War and Conflict Studies (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2016/17)
Wahlpflichtbereich 2
GES_MA_019 - Militär und Gesellschaft nach 1945  - - - 3
GES_MA_022 - Angrenzende Bereiche der Militärgeschichte  - - - 4
Master Zeitgeschichte (Prüfungsversion ab WiSe 2016/17)
GES_MA_019 - Militär und Gesellschaft nach 1945  - - - 5