History of international relations


This course will present the history of international relations from the Second World War to the present day. The course follows a chronological approach to enable students to gain a good understanding of, and to analyse the unfolding of the main international crises that have punctuated international relations since WWII. The course will cover the main concepts (power, soft power, hegemony, imperialism...) and the main debates (between culturalists and those who view IR as the relations between States for example...) and their implications on the contemporary world.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Students are expected to have a good knowledge of the main stages and events in the history of international relations for the period between the 1815 Vienna Congress and 1945.


  • André Kaspi, Jean-Baptiste Duroselle, Histoire des relations internationales de 1945 à nos jours, Paris, 16e ed., 2002
  • Robert Frank, dir., Pour l’histoire des relations internationales, Paris, 2012
  • Maurice Vaïse, Dictionnaire des relations internationales au XXe siècle, Louvain la Neuve, Paris, 2000
  • FC Mougel, Histoire des relations internationales de la fin du XVIIIe siècle à l’aube du IIIe millénaire, Paris, Ellipses, 2013

Educational formula

Lecture with exchanges and discussions.

In brief

Year Third year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching



Forest Amandine [+]

Prévot Christophe [+]

Educational manager :
Laux Claire [+]