The Cold War and After: Capitalism, Revolution and Superpower Politics

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The Cold War is often presented as a power struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States. Richard Saull challenges this assumption. He broadens our understanding of the defining political conflict of the twentieth century by stressing the social and ideological differences between the superpowers and how these differences conditioned their international behavior.

Saull argues that U.S.-Soviet antagonism was part of a wider conflict between capitalism and communism ...

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Overview

The Cold War is often presented as a power struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States. Richard Saull challenges this assumption. He broadens our understanding of the defining political conflict of the twentieth century by stressing the social and ideological differences between the superpowers and how these differences conditioned their international behavior.

Saull argues that U.S.-Soviet antagonism was part of a wider conflict between capitalism and communism involving states and social forces other than the superpowers. The United States was committed to containing revolutionary movements that emerged out of uneven capitalist development. Saull not only provides a richer international history of the Cold War than has been offered by mainstream approaches, but he also explains why revolutionary domestic transformations caused international crises. Tracing the origins of resistance to American power, Saull's book provides an ideal alternative perspective on the Cold War and its end.

"Saull provides us with major new insights into the turbulent history of the twentieth century. A must read for those looking for another way of thinking about our dark times."
—-Michael Cox, Director of the Cold War Studies Centre, London School of Economics

"An indispensable book."
—-Marilyn Young, Department of History, New York University

"Sophisticated and illuminating. The book exposes the thin superficiality of mainstream efforts to explain the dynamics of the Cold War. Saull's fascinating book will be indispensable not only for students of Cold War history but for students of international relations."

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Suman Gupta is Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He is the author of three books, including Marxism, History and Intellectuals: Toward a Reconceptualized Transformative Socialism (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents


Series Introduction     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Introduction: History and Theory in the Cold War     1
Radical Theories of Cold War     3
The Cold War as a Global Social-Systemic Conflict     8
The International Impact of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Early Cold War, 1917-45     16
Introduction     16
The Bolshevik Revolution and the Constitution of the Soviet State     18
The USSR and the Capitalist Great Powers, 1917-41     25
The Contradictions of Capitalist Development and International Revolution     35
Conclusions: World War and Social Conflict     45
The Cold War Transformed: Geopolitical Restructuring and a New Wave of Social Revolution, 1945-49     49
Introduction     49
The Geopolitical Consequences of War     52
Inter-Capitalist Relations and Cold War     61
A New Wave of Social Revolution and Communist Expansion     68
Conclusions: The Uneven Socio-economic Consequences of Geopolitical Transformation     80
The Militarisation of Cold War: The Containment of the USSR and the Emergence of New Revolutionary Fronts, 1950-62     83
Introduction     83
Europe's 'Long Peace': The Consolidation of Cold War Blocs and the Militarisation of the Cold War     85
Tensions within the Communist World: Threats to Soviet Power in East-Central Europe and the Developing Sino-Soviet Split     92
Global Social Conflict and New Revolutionary Fronts     103
Conclusions     116
The Final Gasp of Cold War: The Decline of US Military Superiority and the Expansion of International Communist Power, 1962-80     119
Introduction     119
Vietnam: The Revolutionary Defeat of Militarised Containment     120
Detente: The Contradictions of Containment by Diplomacy     130
The Collapse of Bretton Woods and the Onset of a New Wave of Crisis within Capitalism     132
A New Wave of Revolutionary Crisis and Soviet International Expansion     138
Conclusions: The End of Detente and the Revival of US Militarism     151
Ending the Cold War: From Militarised Counter-Revolution to the Collapse of Soviet Communism, 1980-91     155
Introduction     155
Reagan and Militarised Counter-Revolution     156
The Debate about the End of the Cold War     165
Conclusions: Ending the Cold War - The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Bloc and the International Defeat of Historical Communism     170
Conclusions: Tracing the Paradoxical Ends of the Cold War and the Origins of Contemporary Conflict in World Politics      180
Introduction     180
Contemporary Conflict and the Theorisation of Post-Cold War World Politics     182
The Social and Ideological Character of Reactionary Resistance     188
The Paradoxical Ends of Cold War, Reactionary Politics and US Strategy     192
Conclusions     200
Notes     203
Select Bibliography     237
Index     250
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