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. Together with an introduction and concise headnotes, this book provides students with easy access to seminal work and an analytical framework with which to approach their studies.

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"The Cold War is valuable for specialists, students, and general readers. The level of scholarship is high, and the writing is blessedly jargon-free." History: Reviews of New Books

"This ... is one of the finest guides available" Frontline

"This collection brings together the most influential and commonly-studied articles on the Cold War. The combination of articles and editorial material provides students with easy access to seminal work and an analytical framework with which to approach their studies." History Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631207061
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/16/2001
  • Series: Blackwell Essential Readings in History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Klaus Larres is Reader and Jean Monnet Professor in the School of Politics at the Queen's University of Belfast. His previous work includes Politics of Illusion: Churchill, Eisenhower and the German Question (in German, 1995); A History of the Federal Republic, 1949-1989 (co-author, in German, 1999); The Federal Republic of Germany since 1949 (co-editor, 1996), Germany and the United States in the 20th Century (co-editor, in German, 1997), Uneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration since 1945 (ed., 2000), and Germany since Unification: The Development of the Berlin Republic (ed., 2000).

Ann Lane is Lecturer in the War Studies Group at King's College London. She is author of Britain, the Cold War and Yugoslav Unity, 1941-1949 (1996), and co-editor with Howard Temperly of The Rise and Fall of the Grand Alliance (1996).

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction: The Cold War as History Ann Lane.

Part I: Cold War Origins.

2. 'Introduction' from Preponderance of Power. M. Leffler.

3. 'Dividing the World' from We Now Know. (J. L. Gaddis).

Part II: First Attempts at Conflict Management.

4. 'Integrating Europe or Ending the Cold War' Churchill's Post-war Foreign Policy' from The Journal of European Integration History. (K. Larres).

5. 'Khrushchev and Kennedy: The Taming of the Cold War' from Inside the Kremlin's Cold War. (V. Zubok and K. Pleshakov).

Part III: War and Détente.

6. 'The Vietnam War and the Superpower Triangle' from The Fifty Years' War. (R. Crockatt).

7. 'The Failure of the Détente of the 1970's from Detente and Confrontation. (R. L. Garthoff).

Part IV: The End of the Cold War.

8. 'Who Won the Cold War' 1984-1991' from The Devil We Knew. (H. W. Brands).

9. 'Some Lessons from the Cold War' from The End of the Cold War. (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.).


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