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This unique text provides a balanced, integrated, and comprehensive survey of the main events and developments in the Cold War as viewed from a global perspective. Coverage traces the Cold War from its roots in East-West tensions before and during World War II through its origins in the immediate postwar era, up to and including the collapse of the Soviet Empire and Soviet State from 1989-1991.
I. ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR.
1. The Seeds of Conflict.
2. Adversaries and Allies, 1939-1945.
3. The Formation of the Communist Bloc, 1944-1948.
4. The Cold War Begins, 1945-1948.
5. The Battle for Germany, 1948-1952.
6. The Communist Revolution in China, 1946-1950.
II. THE GLOBAL CONFRONTATION.
7. The Conflict over Korea, 1950-1953.
8. New Leaders and New Realities, 1953-1957.
9. The Perpetuation of the Cold War, 1957-1961.
10. Crisis and Coexistence, 1961-1964.
11. Vietnam War and Cold War, 1964-1970.
12. China, SALT, and the Superpowers, 1967-1972.
III. THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION.
13. The Heyday of Détente, 1972-1975.
14. The Decline of Détente, 1975-1979.
15. The Return of the Cold War, 1980-1985.
16. The Thaw in the Cold War, 1985-1988.
17. The End of the Cold War, 1988-1991.
18. A Hard and Bitter Peace.
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