Rethinking Theory and History in the Cold War: The State, Military Power and Social Revolution

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This work provides a critique of existing understandings of the Cold War prevalent in International Relations, and offers an alternative perspective on the Cold War founded on a historical materialist approach. The author focuses on the relationship between state and society.

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In a "new history" sociological analysis of the Cold War, which integrates historians' focus on the specific and the broad comparative outlook of international relations (IR) theory, Saull (American International U., London) considers the social and ideological differences between the US and Soviet Union as the conflict's chief raison d'etre. Viewing their relations with Cuba and Vietnam, the author treats social revolution as a political response to capitalist expansion. Includes a foreword by F. Halliday (IR, London School of Economics), who supervised the PhD thesis on which this volume is based. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714682266
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Series: Cold War History Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
1 Introduction: What Was the Cold War? 1
2 The Cold War and International Relations Theory 6
3 The Politics of the State in the Cold War 31
4 Military Power and Strategic Conflict in the Cold War 68
5 Social Revolution and the Cold War 104
6 The International Relations of the USSR in the Cold War 141
7 The International Relations of the United States in the Cold War 176
8 Conclusion: Understanding the Cold War and Its End 209
Bibliography 218
Index 233
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