The History of Warfare: Cold War

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Nevertheless, for many years that war seemed a probable and sometimes even a likely threat. Politicians and strategists devoted a great deal of intellectual energy to the question of nuclear war, how to fight it and, more importantly, how to avoid it. At the same time the military industrial complex dedicated itself to producing new and more advanced weapons systems. Meanwhile, the super powers tested each other's resolve and their own military concepts and technologies by playing out their struggle in a series ...
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Overview

Nevertheless, for many years that war seemed a probable and sometimes even a likely threat. Politicians and strategists devoted a great deal of intellectual energy to the question of nuclear war, how to fight it and, more importantly, how to avoid it. At the same time the military industrial complex dedicated itself to producing new and more advanced weapons systems. Meanwhile, the super powers tested each other's resolve and their own military concepts and technologies by playing out their struggle in a series of wars that, although many, fell short of full-scale global conflict.

In this fascinating volume, Lawrence Freedman focuses on the changing expectations of great power war during this period and how these expectations were influenced by the actual experience of limited warfare. It examines the evolution of nuclear strategy and the importance of new arms technology and of arms control. The author then looks at the impact of the limited wars in which the super powers were involved, for example Korea and Vietnam, and at the conflicts that helped to shape views on the nature of contemporary warfare, such as the Arab-Israeli War. The volume ends with the Gulf campaign and the revival of conventional strategy, and raising the possibility of a revolution in military affairs.

Striking and evocative photography complements a strong narrative and thoughtful analysis as Lawrence Freedman guides us through the ideas, technology and events that shaped the Cold War.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest installment in Cassell's History of Warfare series is Lawrence Freedman's The Cold War, a highly readable and heavily illustrated text designed to gratify the war buff, the high school history student and almost everyone in between. Political cartoons, maps, diagrams and plentiful black-and-white and color photos are interspersed in chapters that consider the Cold War from its origins in the difficult post-WWII negotiations to the 1989 breach of the Berlin Wall heralding its demise. Military historian John Keegan, the general editor of the series, has already put out more than a dozen titles (The Napoleonic Wars; Wars of Empire; etc.) and promises over half a dozen more. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304352906
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: History of Warfare Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5
Map List 9
Chronology 10
Introduction: Power and Ideology 15
1 The Origins of the Cold War 21
Early thoughts about future war
Air power and nuclear deterrence
Korea
2 The Arms Race 47
Massive retaliation and limited war
Tactical nuclear weapons
Preparing for nuclear war
The new nuclear strategy
3 Crisis Management 63
Berlin
The Bay of Pigs
The Cuban missile crisis
Conventional strategy
France's dissent
Mutual Assured Destruction
4 Vietnam 89
Guerrilla warfare
Propping up Diem
After the assassinations
Rolling Thunder to Linebacker
5 Detente 119
Soviet power
Arms control
The rediscovery of the operational art
6 The Lessons of War 147
The Indo-Pakistan Wars
Arab--Israeli conflict
The Falklands War
The Iran--Iraq War
Afghanistan
7 The End of the Cold War 187
Nuclear Options
The Berlin Wall falls
8 The War that did not Happen 203
Biographies 214
Further Reading 218
Index 220
Picture Credits 224
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