Russia, America and the Cold War, 1949-1991 / Edition 2

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The conflict between Russia and America shaped the world for over four decades. Both were universalist powers - they wanted every country in the world to copy their model of government and economy. They could not rest until the other side had been vanquished, and until the mid-1980s this included the prospect of nuclear war.

In this new edition of one of the best-selling books in the Seminar Studies in History series, Martin McCauley looks at the epic struggle between the two superpowers that put everyone in danger. In a clear and accessible manner, the book: Gives a succinct summary of the main turning points in the conflict, Looks at how the whole world was sucked into the Cold War, Shows how the arms race eventually bankrupted Russia, Discusses whether or not America and Russia have learnt anything from this confrontation.

Also containing a Chronology, Glossary and Who's Who of key figures, this revised second edition of Russia, America and the Cold War is essential reading for all students of twentieth-century history.

About the Author:
Martin McCauley is a seasoned writer and broadcaster who has a wealth of experience in Russian and international affairs. His recent publications include The Origins of the Cold War revised 3rd edition (2008), Stalin and Stalinism revised 3rd edition (2008) and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582784826
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 6/14/2004
  • Series: Seminar Studies in History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.59 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin McCauley is former Senior lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. An extremely accomplished author, he has written three other Seminar Studies volumes: The Khruschev Era, Russia, America and the Cold War and Stalin and Stalinism and two trade history books for Longman History: Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia and Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the second edition     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Chronology     xiv
Who's who     xxxv
Glossary     lii
Maps     lxix
Context     1
Introduction: The Problem     3
Ideas and Beliefs     5
Security     11
Culture     17
The Cold War in Perspective     23
Cold War I     24
Brinkmanship     25
Detente     27
Cold War II and the end of the Cold War     27
Characteristics of the Cold War     29
Analysis     33
Cold War I: 1949-1953     35
The Berlin Blockade     35
China     36
NSC-68     38
The War in Korea     39
To The Brink and Back: 1953-1969     43
The Search for a new Relationship     43
Khrushchev takes over     44
The Geneva Summit     46
The Hungarian Revolution     47
Asia     48
The Middle East     50
Other Third World States     51
Brinkmanship: Berlin     52
Brinkmanship: Cuba     56
The War in Vietnam     59
Detente: 1969-1979     61
Forging a new Relationship     61
A new President and a new Approach     62
China Changes Sides: Rapprochement with America     64
SALT     65
The German Problem Defused     66
The Middle East     66
The Agenda Changes as Ford Takes Over     68
Africa     69
The Helsinki Accord     71
A new President Sows Confusion     72
Carter and Brezhnev reach agreement on SALT II but on little else     74
Cold War II: 1979-1985     75
Detente Fails to Satisfy American Aspirations     75
Carter's Mixed Record     76
Disastrous Decision Making in Moscow: Intervention in Afghanistan     77
Carter, Brzezinski and Cold War II     78
A new President and a new Departure     79
Andropov and Reagan: Missed Opportunities     80
Failure and Success for America     82
The Ground is Prepared for Better Relations with Russia     83
Reagan Improves Relations with China     83
New Political Thinking and the end of the Cold War: 1985-1991     85
The new Political Thinking      85
The Gorbachev-Reagan Summits     86
The Bush-Gorbachev Relationship is Slow to Develop     91
Gorbachev and Europe: our Common Home     93
Germany Unites     95
Gorbachev and Eastern Europe     96
Gorbachev and China     97
Gorbachev's Domestic Difficulties Cause Problems for Bush     98
The Gulf War Leads to Joint Superpower Policy     100
Gorbachev's Problems Mount     100
The Last Summit     103
The Attempted Coup and After     104
Assessment     107
The Judgement     109
Introduction     109
Sources of Hostility Between the Superpowers     113
Why did America come to Guarantee West European Security?     114
Why did Russia and America Gradually become Systemic Rivals?     116
A Hard Lesson for the Superpowers: Empires are Liabilities     118
Is there a Link between Good Government and Economic Prosperity?     119
Was the Growth of Nuclear Arsenals Inevitable?     120
Why did the Cold War end?     121
America's Changing Doctrine     121
Was the USA an Imperialist Power?     122
Documents     125
Khrushchev and Diversionary Tactics     126
Khrushchev and China     126
Kennedy and Vietnam     128
Kennedy, Khrushchev and Cuba     128
Kissinger, Brezhnev and Detente     131
The KGB     135
The KGB and Italy     139
The Russians and the Palestinians     140
Afghanistan     141
Poland     143
A Top Adviser's Withering Criticism of Soviet Foreign Policy     146
Gorbachev's New Thinking     149
The Reykjavik Summit     150
Gorbachev, Reagan and SDI     151
Gorbachev and Mrs Thatcher     152
Moscow and Fraternal Parties     153
Further Reading     155
References     158
Index     162
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