Cold War: An International History [NOOK Book]

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COLD WAR BCC

"A must read for all history enthusiasts. Through her clear prose and many years of research and expertise on the subject, Carole Fink brings refreshing new perspectives to the Cold War."
István Deák, Columbia University

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Overview


COLD WAR BCC

"A must read for all history enthusiasts. Through her clear prose and many years of research and expertise on the subject, Carole Fink brings refreshing new perspectives to the Cold War."
István Deák, Columbia University

"Carole Fink, a prominent and prolific historian, manages to break new ground in her book by placing the history of the Cold War in a chronologically and geographically enlarged context. She presents this complex material in an easily comprehensible format."
Peter Kenez, University of California, Santa Cruz

“A magnificent narrative of the Cold War from a global perspective. This is unsurprising, given Carole Fink’s reputation for combining breadth of vision with meticulous transnational research. She has so clearly, gracefully and insightfully covered the crucial elements of the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the West, making this a superb account of the Cold War."
John Whiteclay Chambers II, Rutgers University


More than a bipolar conflict between two Superpowers, the decades-long Cold War had implications for the entire world. In this accessible, comprehensive retelling, Carole K. Fink provides new insights and perspectives on key events with an emphasis on people, power, and ideas, along with cultural coverage “from the Beetle to the Beatles.” Cold War goes beyond US-USSR relations to explore the Cold War from an international perspective, including key events and developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fink also offers a broader time line of the Cold War than any other text, charting the lead-up to the conflict with the Russian Revolution and World War II and discussing the aftermath of the Cold War since 1992. Based on the latest research and scholarship, Cold War is the consummate book on this lengthy and complex conflict for today’s students and history buffs.

Carole K. Fink is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at The Ohio State University. She is an award-winning author, editor, and translator of 12 books, including Defending the Rights of Others, The Genoa Conference, and Marc Bloch: A Life in History, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, most recently from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, the German Marshall Fund, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Fulbright Foundation.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 02/01/2014
The Cold War was a part of our lives for decades before it came to an abrupt end in 1991. It has been described and assessed in a seemingly endless array of volumes, including John Lewis Gaddis's The Cold War: A New History and editors Melvyn P. Leffler and Odd Arne Westad's three-volume The Cambridge History of the Cold War. Those readers seeking a well-written single-volume treatment now can turn to this finely wrought book. Fink (history, emerita, Ohio State Univ.; Defending the Rights of Others) turns her considerable talents to the task of producing a global history of the Cold War that extends back to 1917 when a kind of incipient cold war began between the United States and Russia during the rise of the Soviets and Lenin. Fink also covers the well-known post-World War II Cold War in Europe, but, as per her subtitle, she also explores the war's impact on the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere. To help the novice reader, she provides a time line, a glossary, and a list of significant individuals who played key roles in the struggle. VERDICT At a reasonable price and length, and with contents that are eminently readable, Fink's history is a gem that should be in all 20th-century history collections.—Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
The long duel between the U.S. and the Soviet Union emerges in a broad context in this insightful history of the Cold War. Fink (The Genoa Conference), professor emerita of history at the Ohio State University, grounds the book in a perspicacious review of Soviet international relations from 1917 onwards and a deft analysis of how wrangling over the fate of Germany and Eastern Europe during and after WWII laid the foundations for the coming rivalry. Her brisk narrative surveys important flashpoints of the Cold War, from the Berlin Airlift through the 1989 collapse of Soviet communism, and delineates its underlying shape as direct confrontation between Americans, Russians, and Chinese in Europe, Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam gave way to wary policies of coexistence and détente. She shows how the antagonism, while easing somewhat, also took on a life of its own as it subsumed quarrels between Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, or Guatemalan landlords and peasants; local conflicts the world over, she notes, entangled almost against their will two superpowers “still trapped by Cold War reflexes to seek advantage wherever possible.” Fink’s crisp, lucid prose and judicious, even-handed assessments impart a coherent arc to complex events; students especially will find this an invaluable introduction to a watershed era of modern history. (Jan.)
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Praise for Cold War: An International History by Carole K. Fink

"Cold War: An International History is a magnificent narrative of the Cold War from a global perspective. This is unsurprising, given Carole Fink’s reputation for combining breadth of vision with meticulous transnational research. She has so clearly, gracefully and insightfully covered the crucial elements of the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the West, combining key details, recent discoveries, and transnational perspective with wonderfully cosmopolitan analysis of the larger meanings and the historical trends—all of which make this such a superb account of the Cold War."
John Whiteclay Chambers II, Rutgers University

"Cold War: An International History is a must read for all history enthusiasts. Through her clear prose and many years of research and expertise on the subject, Carole Fink brings refreshing new perspectives to the Cold War, going beyond the conflict between the US and the USSR to include meaningful discussions of key events in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."
István Deák, Columbia University

"Written by a renowned scholar of international history, this concise and masterfully composed analysis of the Cold War in global perspective cannot be recommended highly enough for undergraduate and graduate teaching. Carole Fink presents both the larger structures of the conflict but also some of its unanticipated twists and turns that make this volume very accessible."
Volker Berghahn, Columbia University

"Carole Fink, a prominent and prolific historian, manages to break new ground in her book by placing the history of the Cold War in a chronologically and geographically enlarged context. She presents this complex material in an easily comprehensible format."
Peter Kenez, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Cold War: An International History is a well written, cogent and comprehensive recounting of the political structure of the Cold War. Its primary strengths are its accessibility and its focus on the Cold War as a global phenomenon. For faculty and students looking for a political “skeleton” to frame their course, this book would be a very good choice."
Cristofer Scarboro, King’s College

"Cold War: An International History is a comprehensive, analytical, and sovereign overview that provides readers with clear arguments, while never losing sight of the complexity of the Cold War. The book shows Carole Fink, one of the leading historians of twentieth-century international relations, at the height of her powers."
Holger Nehring, University of Stirling

"A perspicacious review of Soviet international relations from 1917 onwards and a deft analysis of how wrangling over the fate of Germany and Eastern Europe during and after WWII laid the foundations for the coming rivalry…Fink’s crisp, lucid prose and judicious, even-handed assessments impart a coherent arc to complex events; students especially will find this an invaluable introduction to a watershed era of modern history."
Publishers Weekly

"Fink has provided a compact, objective, and insightful account that illustrates how disputes over the post-WWII fate of Europe morphed into a conflict that engulfed regions across the world…She deftly illustrates how Third World nations became hapless pawns in the broader geopolitical struggle, and she concludes with a sharp description of the residual effects of the Cold War upon the major and minor participants. This is an ideal introductory text for college students and general readers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813347967
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 209,857
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Carole K. Fink is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at The Ohio State University.  She is an award-winning author, editor, and translator of 12 books, including Defending the Rights of Others, The Genoa Conference, and Marc Bloch: A Life in History, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, most recently from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, the German Marshall Fund, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Fulbright Foundation.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: Prelude: Soviet Russia and the West, 1917-1941 

Chapter Two: The Grand Alliance, 1941-1945  

Chapter Three: Cold War, 1949-52  

Chapter Four: The Widening Conflict, 1953-1964  

Chapter Five: The ‘Sixties 

Chapter Six: Détente, 1969-1975 

Chapter Seven: Détente Collapses, 1975-1980 

Chapter Eight: The Second Cold War, 1981-1985 

Chapter Nine: The End of the Cold War, 1986-1991 

Chapter Ten: Aftermath, 1992-2001

Conclusion

List of Individuals

Bibliography

Index    
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