The Cold War: A History in Documents / Edition 2

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The cold war lasted for more than fifty years and polarized the world. Rooted in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, the war emerged from disputes that intensified in the wake of World War II. In The Cold War: A History in Documents, Second Edition, Allan M. Winkler excerpts speeches by Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and British prime minister Winston Churchill in order to demonstrate the growing abyss between the two political systems. President Harry S. Truman's announcement of the existence of a Soviet atomic bomb and his speech to Congress launching the Truman Doctrine testify to the gravity of the situation. The complex politics of the Vietnam War appear in voices of those as divergent as Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh, President Lyndon B. Johnson, antiwar protestors, and a participant in the My Lai massacre. A picture essay, "The Atom Unleashed," provides a collection of photographs and cartoons tracing one of the most controversial discoveries of the twentieth century. And a final chapter chronicles in detail the end of the cold war.

The second edition of The Cold War: A History in Documents offers more thorough coverage of the 1970s through the1990s. The book features additional material on China and Africa, and several new images, including a Herblock editorial cartoon about the Marshall Plan and a French Communist Party poster for peace in Vietnam. There is also a revised note on sources and interpretation and updates to the lists of further reading and websites.

Uses contemporary documents to explore the development of the Cold War struggle, the consequences in the 1950s and 1960s, and the lasting effects on American social and cultural patterns.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
At the end of World War II, the bonds that held the victorious Allies together swiftly eroded. Issues of political and ideological dissonance between Western and Marxist worldviews promptly pitted former allies against one another in a five decade-long confrontation. Primarily a face off between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Cold War escalated into a confrontation that took the world to the brink of thermonuclear destruction. Looking back in our era, the fear, distrust, and hatred that the Cold War generated are somewhat difficult to fathom. This volume traces the evolution of the Cold War in a well-written narrative and through ample use of primary source documents. The presentation allows the reader to recreate a time period when Americans truly believed that a "red menace" lurked in their backyard. By addressing the key issues of the Cold War via documents, the author provides a vivid look into a time that set the table for the modern era. Topics such as nuclear proliferation, McCarthyism, censorship, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement are all woven into an insightful tapestry. This is a fine book that will be valuable to both students and teachers of history. Part of the "Pages from History" series. 2000, Oxford University Press, $30.00. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
From the Publisher
"During the Cold War - often referred to as a war of spies - policymakers' public statements could not always be relied upon to determine their governments' intentions. What cannot be argued with are their documents. The Cold War: A History of Documents provides us with these most valuable resources and enables us to get to the bottom of many of the major Cold War developments. See beyond the plausible deniability to the actual motivations of the protagonists in this epic struggle." — Matt Arnold, International Spy Museum

"This substantial, intriguing collection uses primary sources from transcripts, reports, political speeches, and pop culture icons to explain events and policies of the Cold War."—Horn Book Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199765980
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: Pages from History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 783,141
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan M. Winkler is Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University in Ohio. A prize-winning teacher, he is author of ten books of his own, including "To Everything There Is a Season": Pete Seeger and the Power of Song (OUP, 2010), Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America (2005), and Life Under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom (1993), and coauthor of the college textbook The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society (2011) and the high school textbook America: Pathways to the Present (2002).

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Table of Contents

What Is a Document?
How to Read a Document

Note on Sources and Interpretation

Chapter 1: Early Antagonism
Origin of the Atomic Bomb
Tensions and Strategies
The Truman Doctrine
The Marshall Plan
A Soviet Bomb
The China White Paper
War in Korea

Chapter 2: The Anticommunist Crusade
Hollywood and HUAC
Chambers vs. Hiss
The Rosenbergs on Trial
Senator Joe McCarthy
Cultural Responses
Army vs. McCarthy

Chapter 3: To the Brink
Eisenhower's Inaugural Address
Liberation of Captive Peoples
The Domino Theory
Unstable Peace
Kennedy's Inaugural Address
Bay of Pigs
Standing Up to the Soviets
The Cuban Missile Crisis

Chapter 4: Picture Essay
The Atom Unleashed

Chapter 5: Catastrophe in Vietnam
French Colonial Rule
War in Indochina
The Geneva Conference
Nation Building in Vietnam
Horrors of War
Antiwar Movement

Chapter 6: An End at Last
The Nuclear Test Ban Treat of 1963
SALT Treaties
Reagan's Nuclear Strategy
An End to the Cold War

Further Reading
Text Credits
Picture Credits

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