Yalta is the place where in eight days the fate of the world was decided by three of the most towering political ﬁgures of the 20th century: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. While World War II was still raging on all fronts, the Big Three partitioned Germany, redrew the borders of Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Far East, designed the future world organization, and paved the road to the future Cold War.
Using both Western and Soviet documentation we will discuss the strategies, negotiating techniques, motivation, and subterfuges of the participants. Additional reading materials will be provided during class.
Recommended Reading: Serhii M. Plokhy: Yalta; The Price of Peace; Viking Press: 2010; ISBN: 9780670021413. Additional reading materials will be provided during class.