The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

This latest edition of our classic text draws on analysis of newmaterial released from archives in Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, andother capitals of communist-bloc nations—helping to develop atruly international history of the Cold War, a complex and dynamicconflict that lasted more than forty years and continues to shapethe foreign policy of the United States and other nations. Anotherimportant recent trend considered is the intensive study of therole of ideology in influencing policy on both sides of theconflict. Dr. Levering holds that the liberal internationalismespoused by leading Democrats and Republicans during World War II,plus most Americans’ profound dislike of communism andcommunists, contributed greatly to America’s decision tooppose postwar Soviet foreign policy.

Many recent studies of the Cold War emphasize the role ofMarxist-Leninist ideology in postwar Soviet and Chinese foreignpolicy. Although these new directions in scholarship are important,the basic emphases of the original edition remains thesame—U.S. actions and public opinion and relations betweenthe two leading actors in the Cold War, the United States and theSoviet Union. Enhanced as well is coverage of the two large-scalebut limited wars that grew out of the conflict, the Korean War andthe Vietnam War, and of the most dangerous confrontation of thenuclear age thus far, the Cuban missile crisis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952338
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: American History Series , #25
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 751,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph B. Levering is professor of history at DavidsonCollege in Davidson, North Carolina. He also taught at George MasonUniversity, Western Maryland College, and Earlham College. Hereceived his advanced degrees from Princeton University. He is theauthor or co-author of eight books, including American Opinionand the Russian Alliance, 1939-1945 (1976); The Public andAmerican Foreign Policy, 1918-1978 (1978); The KennedyCrisis: The Press, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy (1983);Citizen Action for Global Change: The Neptune Group and Law ofthe Sea (1999); and Debating the Origins of The Cold War(2002). He also has been elected to the governing councils ofthe Peace History Society and the Society for Historians ofAmerican Foreign Relations and has served as a teaching consultantfor the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. A teacher first andforemost, he has taught twenty different courses covering U.S.history from colonial times to present, with emphasis on U.S.foreign policy and twentieth-century America. Because of his lovefor teaching, he is most proud of being voted “bestteacher” by members of the senior class at Western MarylandCollege.

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Table of Contents

Foreword / VII

Preface / XI

Prologue: Uneasy Allies, 1941-1945 / 1

Chapter One: Downward Spiral During the Truman-Stalin Years,1945-1953 / 14

The Cold War Begins, 1945-1946 / 14

Containment and Countercontainment, 1947-1949 / 25

The Most Dangerous Phase, 1950-1952 / 33

Conclusion / 45

Chapter Two: The Institutionalized Cold War, 1953-1962 /47

The Cold War at Home / 50

A Modest Improvement in East-West Relations, 1953-1955 / 57

The Second Dangerous Phase, 1956-1962 / 65

Conclusion / 88

Chapter Three: The Shift Toward Relative Détente,1963-1972 / 91

An Improved Atmosphere in 1963 / 93

Vietnam at Center Stage, 1964-1968 / 98

Toward a New Balance of Power, 1969-1972 / 109

Conclusion / 124

Chapter Four: The Roller-Coaster Years, 1973-1984 /126

Détente Bogs Down, 1973-1976 / 128

Carter Rides the Roller Coaster, 1977-1979 / 144

The Third Dangerous Phase, 1980-1984 / 153

Conclusion / 170

Epilogue: The Cold War Ends, 1985-1991 / 172

Bibliographical Essay / 181

Index / 199

Photo Essay: The Cold War at Midpassage, 1957-1973 / followspage 90

Maps / 41, 69, 101, 148, 167

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