The Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War / Edition 1

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Overview

In this fascinating new interpretation of Cold War history, John Lewis Gaddis focuses on how the United States and the Soviet Union have managed to get through more than four decades of Cold War confrontation without going to war with one another.
Using recently-declassified American and British documents, Gaddis argues that the postwar international system has contained previously unsuspected elements of stability. This provocative reassessment of contemporary history—particularly as it relates to the current status of Soviet-American relations—will certainly generate discussion, controversy, and important new perspectives on both past and present aspects of the age in which we live.

This new interpretation of Cold War history focuses on how the U.S. and Soviet Union have managed to get through more than four decades without war.

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In this collection of essays, Gaddis raises some interesting and timely questions. How is it that we have known four decades without a world war, when relations between the superpowers have been so tense? Gaddis believes that historians of the next century may look back upon our era as one of general peace and stability, despite the numerous conflicts . His explanations include nuclear deterrence and the fact that the United States and Russia studiously avoid direct confrontation, by constructing walls, using the troops of client states, or recognizing spheres of influence. This provocative and well-argued work is recommended. Jeff Northrup, Birmingham P.L. Ala.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195043358
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lewis Gaddis, Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University, is the author of The United States and the Origins of the Cold War and Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy.

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