The Cold War A Very Short Introduction

The Cold War  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Robert J. McMahon
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2021-02-25
ISBN: 0192603272
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cold War A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring The Cold War dominated international life from the end of World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But how did the conflict begin? Why did it move from its initial origins in Postwar Europe to encompass virtually every corner of the globe? And why, after lasting so long, did the war end so suddenly and unexpectedly? Robert McMahon considers these questions and more, as well as looking at the legacy of the Cold War and its impact on international relations today. The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction is a truly international history, not just of the Soviet-American struggle at its heart, but also of the waves of decolonization, revolutionary nationalism, and state formation that swept the non-Western world in the wake of World War II. McMahon places the 'Hot Wars' that cost millions of lives in Korea, Vietnam, and elsewhere within the larger framework of global superpower competition. He shows how the United States and the Soviet Union both became empires over the course of the Cold War, and argues that perceived security needs and fears shaped U.S. and Soviet decisions from the beginning—far more, in fact, than did their economic and territorial ambitions. He unpacks how these needs and fears were conditioned by the divergent cultures, ideologies, and historical experiences of the two principal contestants and their allies. Covering the years 1945-1990, this second edition uses recent scholarship and newly available documents to offer a fuller analysis of the Vietnam War, the changing global politics of the 1970s, and the end of the Cold War. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Reviewing the Cold War

Reviewing the Cold War
Author: Norway) Nobel Symposium 1998 (Lysebu,Nobel Symposium
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 402
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780714650722
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reviewing the Cold War Book Excerpt:

This volume takes stock of where new materials from China, the former Soviet Union and Europe have taken us in our understanding of what the Cold War was about and how we should study it.

The Cold War

The Cold War
Author: Bradley Lightbody
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 1999
ISBN: 0415195268
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cold War Book Excerpt:

Bradley Lightbody here examines the complex arguments which divided East and West following the Second World war, and analyzes its eight major phases from the emergence of the Cold War through the late 1980s.

The Cold War

The Cold War
Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 372
Release: 2006-12-26
ISBN: 9780143038276
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cold War Book Excerpt:

“Outstanding . . . The most accessible distillation of that conflict yet written.” —The Boston Globe “Energetically written and lucid, it makes an ideal introduction to the subject.” —The New York Times The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own. Gaddis is also the author of On Grand Strategy.

Statecraft and Security

Statecraft and Security
Author: Ken Booth,University E H Carr Professor of International Relations Ken Booth
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 380
Release: 1998-09-13
ISBN: 9780521479776
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Statecraft and Security Book Excerpt:

In this book a group of influential and distinguished scholars analyse some of the key questions in contemporary international relations. The book is in three parts. In the first, the lessons and legacies of Cold War are examined, including debates about its rise and fall, and the implications of the superpower nuclear confrontation. Part II asks questions about powers and politics in the post-Cold War world: the USA's potential as a world leader, Russia's troubled future, Japan's potential power, the China syndrome, and Africa's problems. The final part looks further into the future, discussing international organisation, life politics, and the potentialities for human society under the conditions of globalisation. The book shows how different countries and different groups of countries are confronting urgent issues of statecraft in a period of radical global transformation.

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War
Author: Richard H. Immerman,Petra Goedde
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2013-01-31
ISBN: 0199236968
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War Book Excerpt:

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War offers a broad reassessment of the period war based on new conceptual frameworks developed in the field of international history. Nearing the 25th anniversary of its end, the cold war now emerges as a distinct period in twentieth-century history, yet one which should be evaluated within the broader context of global political, economic, social, and cultural developments. The editors have brought together leading scholars in cold war history to offer a new assessment of the state of the field and identify fundamental questions for future research. The individual chapters in this volume evaluate both the extent and the limits of the cold war's reach in world history. They call into question orthodox ways of ordering the chronology of the cold war and also present new insights into the global dimension of the conflict. Even though each essay offers a unique perspective, together they show the interconnectedness between cold war and national and transnational developments, including long-standing conflicts that preceded the cold war and persisted after its end, or global transformations in areas such as human rights or economic and cultural globalization. Because of its broad mandate, the volume is structured not along conventional chronological lines, but thematically, offering essays on conceptual frameworks, regional perspectives, cold war instruments and cold war challenges. The result is a rich and diverse accounting of the ways in which the cold war should be positioned within the broader context of world history.

Stalin and the Cold War in Europe

Stalin and the Cold War in Europe
Author: Gerhard Wettig
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9780742555426
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stalin and the Cold War in Europe Book Excerpt:

This intriguing book, based on recently accessible Soviet primary sources, is the first to explain the emergence of the Cold War and its development in Stalin's lifetime from the perspective of Soviet policy-making. It pays particular attention to the often-neglected "societal" dimension of Soviet foreign policy as a crucial element of the genesis and development of the Cold War. Gerhard Wettig provides readers with new insights into Stalin's willingness to initiate crisis with the West while still avoiding military conflict.

The Cold War

The Cold War
Author: Odd Arne Westad
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN: 0465093132
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cold War Book Excerpt:

The definitive history of the Cold War and its impact around the world We tend to think of the Cold War as a bounded conflict: a clash of two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, born out of the ashes of World War II and coming to a dramatic end with the collapse of the Soviet Union. But in this major new work, Bancroft Prize-winning scholar Odd Arne Westad argues that the Cold War must be understood as a global ideological confrontation, with early roots in the Industrial Revolution and ongoing repercussions around the world. In The Cold War, Westad offers a new perspective on a century when great power rivalry and ideological battle transformed every corner of our globe. From Soweto to Hollywood, Hanoi, and Hamburg, young men and women felt they were fighting for the future of the world. The Cold War may have begun on the perimeters of Europe, but it had its deepest reverberations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, where nearly every community had to choose sides. And these choices continue to define economies and regimes across the world. Today, many regions are plagued with environmental threats, social divides, and ethnic conflicts that stem from this era. Its ideologies influence China, Russia, and the United States; Iraq and Afghanistan have been destroyed by the faith in purely military solutions that emerged from the Cold War. Stunning in its breadth and revelatory in its perspective, this book expands our understanding of the Cold War both geographically and chronologically, and offers an engaging new history of how today's world was created.

Origins of the Cold War 1941 1949

Origins of the Cold War  1941 1949
Author: Martin McCauley
Publsiher: Pearson Education
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9781405874335
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Origins of the Cold War 1941 1949 Book Excerpt:

The Cold War is one of the most important and widely studied areas of history. Martin McCauley's best-selling Seminar Study unravels the complex issues which gave rise to the Cold War and explains how it originated. This new edition is revised, updated and expanded with new material on areas such as the KGB and spying, and the contribution of intelligence to Stalin's picture of the world. The new introduction looks at our perceptions of the Cold War, the various approaches that have been adopted for reviewing the Cold War and the difficulties of developing a theory of the Cold War. The book incorporates the most recent scholarship, theories and newly-released information to provide students with an invaluable introduction to the subject.

How the Cold War Began

How the Cold War Began
Author: Amy Knight
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2007-08-24
ISBN: 078673308X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How the Cold War Began Book Excerpt:

On September 5, 1945, cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko severed ties with the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, reporting to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police allegations of extensive Soviet espionage in North America, providing stolen documents detailing Soviet intelligence matters to back his claims. This action sent shockwaves through Washington, London, Moscow, and Ottawa, changing the course of the twentieth century. Using recently declassified FBI and Canadian RCMP files on the Gouzenko case, author and Cold War scholar Amy Knight sheds new light on the FBI's efforts to incriminate Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White in order to discredit the Truman Administration. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover seized upon Gouzenko's defection as a means through which to demonize the Soviets, distorting statements made by Gouzenko to stir up "spy fever" in the U.S., setting the McCarthy era into motion. Through the FBI files and interviews with several key players, Knight delves into Gouzenko's reasons for defecting and brilliantly connects these events to the strained relations between the Soviet Union and the West, marking the beginning of the Cold War.

Mao s China and the Cold War

Mao s China and the Cold War
Author: Jian Chen
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 422
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780807849323
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mao s China and the Cold War Book Excerpt:

This comprehensive study of China's Cold War experience reveals the crucial role Beijing played in shaping the orientation of the global Cold War and the confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. The success of China's Communist rev

The Cold War

The Cold War
Author: Richard Brownell
Publsiher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2008-10-24
ISBN: 1420500325
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cold War Book Excerpt:

In today's worlds of drones, military strikes, and weapons of mass destruction, it's difficult to imagine a nonviolent war of constant hostility between world super powers. Readers will be intrigued by this conflict known as the Cold War. They will learn that it was a geopolitical, ideological, and economic struggle between two world superpowers, the USA and the USSR, starting in 1947 and ending in 1991.

Southeast Asia and the Cold War

Southeast Asia and the Cold War
Author: Albert Lau
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2012
ISBN: 0415684501
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Southeast Asia and the Cold War Book Excerpt:

The origins and the key defining moments of the Cold War in Southeast Asia have been widely debated. This book focuses on an area that has received less attention, the impact and legacy of the Cold War on the various countries in the region, as well as on the region itself. The book contributes to the historiography of the Cold War in Southeast Asia by examining not only how the conflict shaped the milieu in which national and regional change unfolded but also how the context influenced the course and tenor of the Cold War in the region. It goes on to look at the usefulness or limitations of using the Cold War as an interpretative framework for understanding change in Southeast Asia. Chapters discuss how the Cold War had a varied but notable impact on the countries in Southeast Asia, not only on the mainland countries belonging to what the British Foreign Office called the "upper arc", but also on those situated on its maritime "lower arc". The book is an important contribution to the fields of Asian Studies and International Relations.

The Cold War on the Periphery

The Cold War on the Periphery
Author: Robert J. McMahon
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 466
Release: 1994
ISBN: 0231082274
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cold War on the Periphery Book Excerpt:

And what combination of economic, political, and ideological variables best explain the motives that led the United States to seek friends and allies in virtually every corner of the planet?

The Culture of the Cold War

The Culture of the Cold War
Author: Stephen J. Whitfield
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 280
Release: 1991
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Culture of the Cold War Book Excerpt:

The author examines the culture of the United States in the post- World War II era with its air raid drills, spy trials, anti-Communist activity, and TV quiz show scandals.

The Fifty year War

The Fifty year War
Author: Norman Friedman
Publsiher: Naval Inst Press
Total Pages: 597
Release: 2000
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fifty year War Book Excerpt:

The first comprehensive history of the Cold War retraces this protracted "World War III" as it was fought in sterile strategic planning rooms and on the battlefields of Third World proxy states, from the Spanish Civil War to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

From the Cold War to a New Era

From the Cold War to a New Era
Author: Don Oberdorfer
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 1144
Release: 1998-05-29
ISBN: 9780801859229
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From the Cold War to a New Era Book Excerpt:

First published in 1991 as THE TURN, this is the gripping narrative of the passage of the United States and the Soviet Union from the Cold War to a new era. Now this widely praised book is available in a new, updated paperback edition that brings the narrative up to the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union. Replete with historical personalities, as riveting as a spy thriller, this is an enthralling record of history in the making. 34 photos.

The Origins of the Cold War 1941 1949

The Origins of the Cold War  1941 1949
Author: Martin McCauley
Publsiher: Longman Publishing Group
Total Pages: 172
Release: 1995
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Cold War
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of the Cold War 1941 1949 Book Excerpt:

"The Origins of the Cold War, Third Edition covers the formative years of the extraordinary struggle between the two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States. In a clear and concise manner, Martin McCauley explains how the Cold War originated and developed and unravels some of the complex issues that gave rise to the Cold War."--BOOK JACKET.

Selling the American Way

Selling the American Way
Author: Laura A. Belmonte
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2010-08-03
ISBN: 0812221192
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Selling the American Way Book Excerpt:

Selling the American Way documents how U.S. officials defined and defended the "American Way of Life" in a quest to promote democratic capitalism and discredit communism, but faced great difficulties in reconciling their symbolic America with the complex political, economic, and strategic realities of the Cold War.

The United States and the Origins of the Cold War 1941 1947

The United States and the Origins of the Cold War  1941 1947
Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780231122399
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The United States and the Origins of the Cold War 1941 1947 Book Excerpt:

John Lewis Gaddis' acclaimed history of U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union during and immediately after World War II is now available with a new preface by the author. This book moves beyond the focus on economic considerations that was central to the work of New Left historians, examining the many other forces -- domestic politics, bureaucratic inertia, quirks of personality, and perceptions of Soviet intentions -- that influenced key decision makers in Washington, and in doing so seeks to analyze these determinants of policy in terms of their full diversity and relative significance.