The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts / Edition 1

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Overview

The Cold War contains a selection of official and unofficial documents which provide a truly multi-faceted account of the entire Cold War era. This volume presents the different kinds of materials necessary to understand what the Cold War was about, how it was fought, and the ways in which it affected the lives of people around the globe.

The book examines the entirety of the Cold War era, presenting documents from the end of World War II right up to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. A final selection of source material goes on to illustrate the impact of the Cold War to the present day. Again, the emphasis is global: there are documents on the aftermath of the Cold War in Africa and Europe, as well as on the links between the Cold War and the dramatic events of 11 September 2001.

By providing a truly international glimpse of the Cold War and its various actors and subjects, The Cold War helps cut through the often simplistic notions of the recent past and allows the reader to explore the truly global impact of the East-West confrontation that dominated international relations in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a step up from most, if not all, documentary collections on the Cold War that I have come across. The depth and breadth of selected documents goes beyond the official perspectives that frequently dominate such compendiums."--Andrew O'Neil, Australian Review of Public Affairs

"Review from previous edition This is a superbly-crafted collection, ideally suited to the teaching of Cold War international history in all its aspects. It deserves the most widespread classroom use."--John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University

"A fascinating compilation of documents that illuminates diverse aspects of the Cold War and from multiple perspectives. This volume is essential reading for all students of the Cold War and should prove invaluable in teaching courses on the international history of the 20th century."--Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199272808
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 712
  • Sales rank: 479,655
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jussi M. Hanhimäki is Professor of International History and Politics, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History, London School of Economics

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Table of Contents

Studying the Cold War
1. Origins 1917-1945
2. The Iron Curtain
3. The Division of Germany
4. The Marshall Plan and NATO
5. The United States and Japan 1945-1965
6. The Korean War and the Sino-Soviet Alliance
7. The Vietnam Wars 1945-1975
8. Communism in Eastern Europe and China
9. Technologies, Weapons, and the Arms Race
10. The Integration of Western Europe
11. Decolonization and the Cold War
12. Latin America and the Cold War
13. Cultures and Mindsets
14. Spies and Covert Operations
15. The Rise of Detente
16. The Fall of Detente
17. Challenges to the Cold War
18. The End of the Cold War
19. Cold War Legacies
Sources
Index

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