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A Brief History of the Cold War

A Brief History of the Cold War


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The Cold War was a crucial conflict in American history. At stake was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism led by the Soviet Union, or inspired by the principles of economic and political freedom embodied in the United States. The Cold War established America as the leader of the free world and a global superpower. It shaped U.S. military strategy, economic policy, and domestic politics for nearly 50 years.

In A Brief History of the Cold War, distinguished scholars Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal events of this protracted struggle and explain the strategies that eventually led to victory for freedom. They analyze the development and implementation of containment, détente, and finally President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The Cold War teaches important lessons about statecraft and America's indispensable role in the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781621574866
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 02/29/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LEE EDWARDS is a historian who has written extensively about the Cold War and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and William F. Buckley Jr. and editor of The Collapse of Communism , among many other books. He is the distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS SPALDING is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, where she teaches U.S. foreign policy and American government and directs CMC’s Washington, D.C., program. The author of The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism , she has also contributed to several volumes on the presidency and American foreign policy and written for the Wilson Quarterly , the Journal of American History , Comparative Political Studies , and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Origins of the Cold War (1917-1945) 5

2 Containment and the Soviet Expansion (1945-1950) 23

3 The Hot Wars of the Cold War (1950-1973) 65

4 Détente (1969-1980) 107

5 Winning the Cold War (1981-1991) 141

Conclusion: Lessons from the Cold War 191

Cold War Timeline 201

For Further Reading and Viewing 225

Notes 235

Index 249

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