On Every Front: The Making of the Cold War

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How and why did the Cold War begin? How and why did it end? What will its end mean for international relations? Opening his new book with the drama of people struggling to survive in rubble-strewn countries after the Second World War, Thomas G. Paterson follows the long Cold War crisis though to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He examines features of the international system that guaranteed conflict: the great-power quest for order by building spheres of influence; ...
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Overview

How and why did the Cold War begin? How and why did it end? What will its end mean for international relations? Opening his new book with the drama of people struggling to survive in rubble-strewn countries after the Second World War, Thomas G. Paterson follows the long Cold War crisis though to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He examines features of the international system that guaranteed conflict: the great-power quest for order by building spheres of influence; the power, ideology, and strategic-economic needs of the United States and the Soviet Union that compelled activist, global foreign policies; and the personalities of key figures, from Truman to Bush, Stalin to Gorbachev and Yeltsin. In his exploration of the end of the Cold War, the author concludes that the two superpowers sought detente because they had been weakened by the economic costs of the Cold War, challenges from allies, and the diffusion of power in the international system after the rise of the Third World. As historical story and analysis, On Every Front provides a telling account of an era - of the making and unmaking of the Cold War.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Rubble: The World in 1945 3
2 Conflict: The Postwar International System 21
3 Spheres: The Quest for Influence to 1947 41
4 Polarization: The Cold War, 1947-1950 70
5 Activism: American Ideology, Economic-Strategic Needs, and Power 96
6 Toughness: Truman's Style of Diplomacy 119
7 Consent: American Public Opinion, Congress, and the Cold War Mentality 139
8 Suspiciousness: Stalin and Soviet Foreign Policy 163
9 Decline: The Erosion of Power and the Appeal of Detente, 1950s-1980s 189
10 End: Toward a Post-Cold War Order 221
Notes 233
Index 283
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