The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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The massive disorder and economic ruin following the Second World War inevitably predetermined the scope and intensity of the Cold War. But why did it last so long? And what impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, how did it affect the broader history of the second half of the twentieth century - what were the human and financial costs? This Very Short Introduction provides a clear and stimulating interpretive overview of ...
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Overview

The massive disorder and economic ruin following the Second World War inevitably predetermined the scope and intensity of the Cold War. But why did it last so long? And what impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, how did it affect the broader history of the second half of the twentieth century - what were the human and financial costs? This Very Short Introduction provides a clear and stimulating interpretive overview of the
Cold War, one that will both invite debate and encourage deeper investigation.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191577581
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 177,789
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Robert J. McMahon is Professor of History at the University of Florida, and President of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. Among his many acclaimed books are The Cold War on the Periphery: the United States, India, and Pakistan (1994), and The Limits of Empire: the US and Southeast Asia since World War II (1999). He has held visiting professorships in Britain and Ireland as well as in Asia and around the US. He received the Bernath article prize from SHAFR in 1989 and the Bernath lectureship in 1991.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
List of maps
1 World War II and the destruction of the old order 1
2 The origins of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-50 16
3 Towards 'Hot War' in Asia, 1945-50 35
4 A global Cold War, 1950-8 56
5 From confrontation to detente, 1958-68 78
6 Cold wars at home 105
7 The rise and fall of superpower detente, 1968-79 122
8 The final phase, 1980-90 143
Further reading 169
Index 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    adequate

    An informative overview of troubling times, albeit with a distinct pro-Soviet slant to it. A more balanced work would have gotten a better review.

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