The Cambridge History of the Cold War

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This volume examines the origins, causes and early years of the Cold War. Leading scholars show how the conflict evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic, and socio-political environment of the two world wars and the interwar period as well as examining how markets, ideas, and cultural interactions affected political discourse, diplomatic events, and strategic thinking. Chapters focus not only on the USA, the USSR, and Great Britain, but also on other critical regions such as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and East Asia. They deal not only with the most influential statesmen of the era but also address the issues that mattered most to peoples around the globe: food, nutrition, and resource allocation; demography and consumption; ethnicity, race, and religion; science and technology; national autonomy, self-determination, and sovereignty. In so doing, the book illuminates how people worldwide shaped the evolution of the increasingly bipolar conflict, and, in turn, were ensnared by it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There has never been a Cold War history like it; everything about it is monumental…. In total, the volumes represent a successful interconnected attempt at describing the Cold War in full." -H-Soz-u-Kult

"The geographic span of the book is particularly impressive, covering many regions and countries, including those not traditionally integrated into the narrative... In this way, the authors combine the thematic-chronological approach with a regional context, significantly expanding our concept of the Cold War and its impact on countries and peoples." -Ilya Gaiduk, H-Diplo

"this fine volume brings together leading scholars in the field to present in clear and perceptive chapters the latest knowledge and the current state of debate on the Cold War. There is no better place to begin to understand this conflict." -Michael Hopkins, H-Diplo

"a sophisticated and lucid history of the Cold War during its second phase" -Sandra Scanlon, H-Diplo

"if (I) could recommend just three books to a reader with no prior knowledge of the Cold War - the average undergraduate, say - it would likely be this series. The breadth and depth of coverage, in disciplinary and geographical terms, is unparalleled." -David Milne, H-Diplo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521837194
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Series: Cambridge History of the Cold War Series
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward R. Stettinius Professor of American History at the Department of History, University of Virginia. His previous publications include To Lead the World: American Strategy After the Bush Doctrine (2008, as co-editor), For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (2007) and A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration and the Cold War (1992, winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Robert Ferrell Prize and the Herbert Hoover Book Award).

Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His previous publications include The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (2005, winner of the Bancroft Prize, the APSA New Political Science Prize, and the Akira Iriye Award), Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950 (2003) and Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-1963 (1999, as editor).

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Table of Contents

Preface to Volumes One, Two and Three; 1. The Cold War and the international history of the twentieth century Odd Arne Westad; 2. Ideology and the origins of the Cold War, 1917-1962 David C. Engerman; 3. The world economy and the Cold War in the middle of the twentieth century Charles S. Maier; 4. The emergence of an American grand strategy, 1945-1952 Melvyn P. Leffler; 5. The Soviet Union and the world, 1944-1953 Vladimir O. Pechatnov; 6. Britain and the Cold War, 1945-1955 Anne Deighton; 7. The division of Germany, 1945-1949 Hans-Peter Schwarz; 8. The Marshall Plan and the creation of the west William I. Hitchcock; 9. The Sovietization of eastern Europe, 1944-1953 Norman Naimark; 10. The Cold War in the Balkans, 1945-1956 Svetozar Rajak; 11. The birth of the People's Republic of China and the road to the Korean War Niu Jun; 12. Japan, the United States, and the Cold War, 1945-1960 Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu; 13. The Korean War William Stueck; 14. US national security policy from Eisenhower to Kennedy Robert J. McMahon; 15. Soviet foreign policy, 1953-1962 Vojtech Mastny; 16. East central Europe, 1953-1956 Csaba Békés; 17. The Sino-Soviet Alliance and the Cold War in Asia, 1954-1962 Shu Guang Zhang; 18. Nuclear weapons and the escalation of the Cold War, 1945-1962 David Holloway; 19. Culture and the Cold War in Europe Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht; 20. Cold War mobilization and domestic politics: the United States Laura McEnaney; 21. Cold War mobilisation and domestic politics: the Soviet Union, 1945-62 David Priestland; 22. Decolonization, the global south, and the Cold War, 1919-1962 Mark Philip Bradley; 23. Oil, resources, and the Cold War, 1945-1962 David S. Painter; Bibliography.

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