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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

History of International Relations


European Studies, Lusophone Studies and International Relations

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

Bachelor | Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português

Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)

135 | 45



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Mode of study




Professional Internship



1. Introduction: the history of international relations: theoretical perspectives, concepts, problems and main approaches. 2. The Peace of Westphalia (1648) and the modern international system. 3. The relations between the great European powers before and after the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815). Nationalism, Imperialism and Diplomacy. The First World War (1914-1918), the Peace Treaties of Versailles (1919) and their cosequences. 5. The Second World War (1939-1945) and end of European hegemony. 6. The Cold War (1945-1989) and its end and the bipolar world with American hegemony. 7. New orders and disorders resulting therefrom, especially after 9/11 and the appearance of nationalisms.


It is intended that students learn concepts and problems from the development of the history of International Relations, from the peace of Westphalia to the end of the Cold War and the emergence of new problems emerging from the end of the bipolar order.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

It is hoped that from the teaching of this UC, students will learn the most important aspects of the relations between the states of the eighteenth to the twentieth century; In this way they will be able to frame what will be taught to them during the course; In addition, it is expected to increase the capacity for understanding, analysis and synthesis of the historical phenomena that most influenced international relations.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The classes will have an expository character of the teacher's responsibility, and should be complemented with the students intervention, namely through the presentation of the works. Given the vastness of the subject, the teacher will present syntheses using powerpoint. Continuous assessment will consist of two tests (35% each) and an individual work presented in class on a topic suggested by the teacher (30%). The passage in the UC, in addition to the positive mark, implies that in the tests the students have an average evaluation of at least 10 values.


- Duroselle , Jean Baptiste (2014). História das Relações Internacionais: De 1945 aos nossos dias. Lisboa: Edições Texto & Grafia.
- Kissinger, Henry. (2014). A Ordem Mundial: Reflexões sobre o Caráter das Nações e o Curso da História. Lisboa: D. Quixote
- Malchow, Howard Leroy (2016). History and International Relations. New York: Bloomsbury.
-Nye, Joseph S. Jr. ( 2002). Compreender os Conflitos Internacionais: Uma Introdução à Teoria e à História. Lisboa: Gradiva.
-Williams, Andrew, Amelia Hadfield and J. Simon Rofe.(2012) Internatinal History and International Relations. London: Routledge.
-Zorgbile, Charles (1995). Histoire des Relations Internationales (4 volumes). Paris: Hachette.