The World since 1945: The Complete History of Global Change From 1945 to the End of the Twentieth Century / Edition 3

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The world since 1945 has witnessed fundamental changes, notably the increasing influence of the West—particularly the United States—in a variety of spheres, the emergence and collapse of the USSR, the end of colonial empires in Asia and Africa, and the escalation of wars and other conflicts in the Third World. In this brilliantly incisive and highly readable third edition to his survey, T. E. Vadney examines the key events—in Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere—without ever neglecting the underlying global trends. Vadney explores the rapid changes in the Middle East, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the aims of American foreign policy, concluding with a new Epilogue in which he examines the direction of post-1945 history as the world enters the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140268751
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

T. E. Vadney is Professor of History at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps Preface

1. The Origins of the Post-1945 World
The Soviet Union and the Coming of War East-West Relations The German Problem The German Sweep The Americans The Far East The European War and the Question of a Second Front The War in Asia and the Pacific Yalta Potsdam The Balance of Power

2. The United States as a Global Power
The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Tito Soviet Expansionism and the West The United States and the Eastern Bloc Contested Areas The Cold War and the Bomb The United States and the Western Bloc The Marshall Plan America and the Enemy States: Japan; Germany NATO and American Leadership

3. The Third World: Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism and Revolution
The West and the Third World The Second World War and Anti-Colonialism The Soviet Union and the Third World Colonialism If Possible Independence If Necessary India The Spectre of Revolution: China: The Chinese Communists; Civil War; The Impact of Japan and the Second World War; To 1949
The Arab-Israeli Crisis

4. Asia in Crisis
The Far East and Korea: The Origins of the War; The Course of the War Vietnam: The French; Vietnamese Nationalism; The Return of the French; Dien Bien Phu and the Americans; The Geneva Conference SEATO The People's Republic of China: Reconstruction; The Transition to Socialism; The First Five Year Plan; The Hundred Flowers; The Great Leap Forward; The Restoration of the 'Bureaucrats'; The Sino-Soviet Split

5. The Alliances
The Satellites After 1945
The End of the Stalin Era The Succession The Spectre of Revolution De-Stalinization: Poland; Hungary; Albania The Atlantic Alliance European Integration and German Rearmament Competition in the Third World: Iran: The Plot to Restore the Shah The Russians and the Third World: Suez

6. Decolonization in Africa
The Maghrib: The War in Algeria; DeGaulle and the Fifth Republic; Independent Algeria South of the Sahara: British West Africa; British East Africa; The French Colonies The Other Empires: The Congo The Future

7. A Neo-Colonial World: Latin America
The Neo-Colonial Era Argentina and Juan Peron The United States and Hemispheric Security Counter-Revolution: Guatemala Revolution: Cuba: The Revolution in Action; To the Bay of Pigs; The Missile Crisis; The Aftermath

8. The Wars in Indo-China
Diem Laos Managing the Crisis The Buddhists The Assassination The Americanization of the War Tonkin Escalation Tet Nixon The War in Cambodia Protest Peace for America Recriminations

9. Asia's Great Powers
The Cultural Revolution: The Shanghai People's Commune; The Fall of Lin; The Return of Deng; The Post-Mao Era Japan Redivivus: Behind the 'Miracle'; The Nixon 'Shocks'
The 'Miracle' in South Korea A Comparison The Coup in Indonesia: East Timor and Irian Jaya A Note on South Asia

10. The Developed Centres
America Left and Right: 'Fordism'; Civil Rights; The Anti-War Movement; The 'Sunbelt'; Setbacks Abroad; The Rise of the Militant Right; Politics: Nixon to Reagan The Contradictions of Post-Revolutionary Society: The People; Czechoslovakia; Poland; Solidarity Détente The Arms Race: Arms Control; Proliferation

11. The Superpowers and the Third World: The Middle East and Latin America
The Arab-Israeli Crisis After Suez: The 1967 War; Stalemate; The PLO and Jordan; Sadat; The 1973 War; Truce; The PLO and Lebanon; Camp David; Retreat Allende's Chile: The Rise of the Left; Decline and Fall A Note on Argentina and the Generals El Salvador Nicaragua A Note on Jamaica

12. The End of the Twentieth Century
The Fall of the Soviet Union and the End of the Cold War: Poland; Repercussions; Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia Tiananmen Square The Developed West Southern Africa: Colonialism, Revolution, Disintegration Internal Colonialism: The Republic of South Africa: The 'End' of Apartheid The Shah and the Ayatollah Afghanistan and the Soviet Invasion South-East Asia: Cambodia and Pol Pot; The Repercussions of War Central America and the Caribbean The Persian Gulf and the 'New World Order'

Epilogue Bibliographical Note Chronological Table Maps Index

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