The End of the Cold War: Its Meaning and Implications / Edition 1

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Overview

A timely collection of essays considers the origins of the Cold War, ideological and geopolitical sources, the cost of the epic conflict, influences on American life and institutions, winners and losers, etc.
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"So much has been said and written about the end of the cold war that it is difficult to gain perspective on the events that shaped it and its end. This excellent volume offers a remedy. The authors run the gamut from Noam Chomsky to Samuel Wells, Jr., and the interpretations of its beginnings and what has happened since 1989 fall along the same political spectrum. The writing is lively, lucid, intelligent, and accessible; the points of view refreshing and insightful." Current History

"So much has been said and written about the end of the cold war that it is difficult to gain perspective on the events that shaped it and its end. This excellent volume offers a remedy. The authors run the gamut from Noam Chomsky to Samuel Wells, Jr., and the interpretations of its beginnings and what has happened since 1989 fall along the same political spectrum. The writing is lively, lucid, intelligent, and accessible; the points of view refreshing and insightful." Current History

"Rarely does one come across quite so entertaining a compilation of academic essays as Michael Hogan's collection on the subject of the Cold War. It is a treat, inspired perhaps by envy at the sheer audacity of Francis Fukuyama's suggestion that we have reached 'The End of History.' Not to be outdone, the toiling masses of academe emerge from their libraries, blinking in the post-war sunlight, and thrill us with daring swoops as they revisit their earlier judgments on the great confrontation." The Washington Post

"Thoughtful, articulate essays by respected experts on critically important issues." Booklist

"Thoughtful, articulate essays by respected experts on critically important issues." Booklist

"This is a stimulating collection of essays." Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521437318
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Authors
1 Introduction 1
2 An End to Which Cold War? 13
3 The Cold War, the Long Peace, and the Future 21
4 Quiet Cataclysm: Some Afterthoughts on World War III 39
5 Some Lessons from the Cold War 53
6 Nuclear Weapons and European Security during the Cold War 63
7 Victory in the Postwar Era: Despite the Cold War or Because of It? 77
8 The Wicked Witch of the West is Dead. Long Live the Wicked Witch of the East 87
9 The End and the Beginning 103
10 A Balance Sheet: Lippmann, Kennan, and the Cold War 113
11 Why Did the Cold War Arise, and Why Did It End? 127
12 A View from Below 137
13 The End of the Cold War and the Middle East 151
14 The End of the Cold War in the Near East: What It Means for Historians and Policy Planners 161
15 After the Cold War: The United States, Germany, and European Security 175
16 The End of the Cold War: A Skeptical View 185
17 The End of the Cold War, the New Role for Europe, and the Decline of the United States 195
18 The Fading of the Cold War--and the Demystification of Twentieth-Century Issues 207
19 The U.S. Government, a Legacy of the Cold War 217
20 Foreign Policy, Partisan Politics, and the End of the Cold War 229
21 Beyond Bipolarity in Space and Time 245
22 A Usable Past for the Future 257
Selective Bibliography 269
Index 277
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