The students who attend the classes on a regular basis will prepare the tests in itinere and/or the final exam (see below) by relying on their notes from the classes, on any document uploaded by the professor on Moodle, on the sources needed for their research projects, and on a set of articles and book chapters (as specified in the detailed class schedule available on Moodle).
The students who do not attend the classes on a regular basis will substitute the class notes with additional readings (as specified in the detailed class schedule available on Moodle. I assume they may follow at least some classes, so it still makes sense to indicate what reading is useful for what class).
Important: In all parts of the course, the lectures by the teacher in class provide guidance to the reading materials and emphasize their methodological and epistemological foundations, in order to provide students with a clearer perspective on how they themselves can build an interpretation of international affairs based on sound historical knowledge. Students who do not attend the class will have to do more readings, including a textbook on historical methodology, for the simple fact they will need to make up for missed information. In any case, both the students who attend and those who do not attend the classes have to take the assigned readings seriously: neither the class notes alone, nor the summaries of the class lectures or of the readings, which may circulate online or elsewhere, can be considered sufficient to prepare this exam in a satisfactory way (to be sure, such material may be simply detrimental to your learning).
Provisional list of references (definitive and complete list available on Moodle):
Lens Scott, "International History of the Twentieth Century", in John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds.), The Globalization of World Politics, 2016
Michael Cox, “From the end of the cold war to a new global era?”, in John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds.), The Globalization of World Politics, 2016
Andrew Hurrell, "Rising powers and the emerging global order", in John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds.), The Globalization of World Politics, 2016
Daniel Sargent, “Pax Americana: Sketches for an Undiplomatic History”, Diplomatic History, Vol. 42, no. 3, 2018
Charles Maier, Among Empires. American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors, 2007
Giovanni Arrighi, “Hegemony unravelling, pt. 2”, New Left Review, n. 55, 2005
Giovanni Arrighi, “The world economy and the Cold War, 1970-90”, in M. Leffler and O.A. Westad (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume 3, 2010
Philip Golub, Power, Profit and Prestige. A History of American Imperial Expansion, 2010
Naoko Shibusawa, “U.S. Empire and Racial Capitalist Modernity”, Diplomatic History, vol. 45, no. 5, 2021
Oscar Sanchez-Sibony, “Capitalism's Fellow Traveler: The Soviet Union, Bretton Woods, and the Cold War, 1944–1958”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 56, no. 2, 2014
Stephen Kotkin, “The Kiss of Debt. The East Bloc Goes Borrowing”, in N. Ferguson et al., The Shock of the Global, 2008
Marc Trachtenberg, The Craft of International History, 2006
Sergey Radchenko, “‘Nothing but humiliation for Russia’: Moscow and NATO’s eastern enlargement, 1993-1995”, Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 43, Nos. 6–7, 2020
M.E. Sarotte, “Perpetuating U. S. Preeminence: The 1990 Deals to ‘Bribe the Soviets Out’ and Move NATO In”, International Security, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2010
Joshua Shifrinson, “Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the U.S. Offer to Limit NATO Expansion”, International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2016