The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War

The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War

by Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Robert J. McMahon, Robert J Series McMahon
     
 

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In keeping with Robert J. McMahon's series Issues in the History of American Foreign Relations, Jussi M. Hanhimaki offers students and scholars a survey of the evolution of American foreign policy during a key period in recent history, the era of superpower detente and global transformation in the 1960s and 1970s. Describing detente as not only an era but also a

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In keeping with Robert J. McMahon's series Issues in the History of American Foreign Relations, Jussi M. Hanhimaki offers students and scholars a survey of the evolution of American foreign policy during a key period in recent history, the era of superpower detente and global transformation in the 1960s and 1970s. Describing detente as not only an era but also a strategy of waging the Cold War, the author examines the reasons that led to the rise of detente, explores the highlights of the era's reduced East-West tensions, and explains the causes of detente's demise.



Hanhimaki addresses many questions: What were the long-term and short-term causes of detente? Was it a policy "invented" in the United States or adopted under pressure from abroad? Did it represent a radical break with the past—a move from idealism to realism—or was it simply an attempt to prolong the Cold War bipolarity within the international system? Was detente a policy that grew from weakness and doubt (caused particularly by the Vietnam War)? What were its main achievements and shortcomings? What led to its end? In conclusion, he evaluates the role of detente in the dismantling of the Cold War international system.

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ISBN-13:
9781612345864
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
11/30/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
17 MB
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Meet the Author

JUSSI M. HANHIMAKI is professor of international history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a founding editor of the journal Cold War History and the author of several recent books, among them Transatlantic Relations Since 1945: An Introduction (Routledge, 2012, with Benedikt Schoenborn and Barbara Zanchetta) and The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (Oxford University Press, 2004, with Odd Arne Westad). He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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