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HI127 | Spring | 3 ECTS

The Soviet Union and Russia from Détente to the Syrian War

The Soviet Union and Russia from Détente to the Syrian War, 1975-2015: The course explores the motives and interests behind the international conduct of the Soviet Union and its legal successor the Russian Federation. The framework falls into four distinct periods: the peak of the Soviet superpower and its overextension during the 1970s; the period of reforms and unexpected collapse; the efforts of the Russian Federation to retain its great power status in partnership with the United States in the 1990s and the early 2000s; and a growing confrontation of Moscow with the US-led international order. The discussion will combine chronological and thematic approach, with a focus on 'path dependency,' construction of a great power ideology, and adaptation to international economy.