Cold War: The Essential Reference Guide

Cold War: The Essential Reference Guide

by James R. Arnold
     
 

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The impact of the Cold War is still being felt around the world today. This insightful single-volume reference captures the events and personalities of the era, while also inspiring critical thinking about this still-controversial period.

• Several analytical essays by prominent historians, plus 85 additional A–Z reference entries about conflicts,

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Overview

The impact of the Cold War is still being felt around the world today. This insightful single-volume reference captures the events and personalities of the era, while also inspiring critical thinking about this still-controversial period.

• Several analytical essays by prominent historians, plus 85 additional A–Z reference entries about conflicts, incidents, leaders, and issues

• 35 examples of relevant primary source documents, including speeches, treaties, policy statements, and letters, such as the Marshall Plan and Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech

• A detailed chronology of important events that occurred before, during, and after the Cold War

• Numerous maps and images of key leaders and events

• A comprehensive bibliography of print resources

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Overall, this work is extremely useful. It is informative, easy-to-use, and well-written." - ARBA

"The editors and 56 other experts contributed the 85 signed alphabetical entries, along with six essays discussing the causes and consequences of the Cold War, the growth of technology, evolving East-West relations, proxy wars and military aid, and Ronald Reagan and the Cold War. Each entry and essay contains bibliographical references. . . . A recommended purchase for school, academic, and public libraries." - Booklist

Library Journal
Arnold (The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902–1913) and Wiener (managing editor, Journal of Military History; The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775: A Political, Social, and Military History) make a very complex and interwoven set of events clear even to readers who are not military historians. Their concise but thorough work addresses broad topics such as the causes and consequences of the Cold War and offers entries on narrower subjects such as Arab nationalism, gulags, Ostpolitik (the German foreign policy initiative), and the United Nations. Related figures, from President Kennedy to Nikita Kruschev and from Joseph McCarthy to Yuri Andropov, are also profiled. An extensive bibliography at the close of the volume as well as suggestions for further reading at the end of each topic make this a great resource for starting research on the era. VERDICT This book makes a difficult topic easier to understand, but it still requires some knowledge of the time in question.—Christine Sharbrough, Derry P.L., NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610690034
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Pages:
443
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

James R. Arnold is a military historian and the author of more than twenty books.

Roberta Wiener is managing editor of the Journal of Military History.

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