The Cold War: The Essential Readings / Edition 1

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This collection brings together the most influential and commonly-studied articles on the Cold War. The editors draw on the wealth of international and multinational research on the subject to select contributions covering the origins, evolution and termination of the Cold War from 1945 to 1990. They focus particularly on the United States, former Soviet Union, Britain, Germany and France, but also look at the role of the Cold War in other parts of the world.

A substantial introduction to the volume outlines current debates and issues in Cold War studies. The text comprises four parts - Cold War Origins, First Attempts at Conflict Management, War and D├ętente, and The End of the Cold War - over eight chapters. Each part is prefaced with a concise headnote, setting the chapters in their historiographical context. This combination of articles and editorial material provides students with easy access to seminal work and an analytical framework with which to approach their studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: The Cold War as History 1
Pt. I Cold War Origins 17
2 Economics, Power and National Security: Lessons of the Past 21
3 Dividing the World 41
Pt. II First Attempts at Conflict Management 65
4 Integrating Europe or Ending the Cold War? Churchill's Post-war Foreign Policy 69
5 Khrushchev and Kennedy: The Taming of the Cold War 98
Pt. III War and Detente 135
6 The Vietnam War and the Superpower Triangle 139
7 The Failure of the Detente of the 1970s 159
Pt. IV The End of the Cold War 181
8 Who Won the Cold War? 1984-1991 185
9 Some Lessons from the Cold War 231
Index 239
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