The Cold War

The Cold War

by Katherine A.S. Sibley


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Designed to meet the needs of high school and college students, this one-stop resource features narrative history, analysis, biographical profiles, key primary documents, and other reference tools on the Cold War. Based on the latest scholarship, Sibley provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the Cold War, which lasted from 1945 until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Following a historical overview, six essays, organized topically, examine the key themes that characterized the Cold War: its origins in the distrust among the World War II allies, the force of American anti-Communism, Washington's enhanced postwar global role, the competing objectives of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in pursuit of global influence, and the reasons why the Soviet Union did not survive the Cold War. A timeline of events, glossary of terms, biographical profiles of major players, and the text of 17 key documents necessary for student research on the Cold War provide valuable research tools.

Following a timeline of events and narrative historical overview, six topical essays discuss the origins of the Cold War; McCarthyism and internal security in the United States; the Cold War in Asia; the Cold War in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa; the end of detente and revived hopes for Soviet-American relations ushered in by Gorbachev, and its denouement; and the legacies and implications of the Cold War. Documents include a variety of speeches, excerpts from the memoirs of leaders on both sides of the Cold War, as well as the text of key government documents. Each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction. An annotated bibliography of works suitable for students, and a selection of photographs enhance the value of this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313298578
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/17/1998
Series: Greenwood Press Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

KATHERINE A. S. SIBLEY is Associate Professor of History at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She is the author of Loans and Legitimacy: The Evolution of Soviet-American Relations, 1919-1933 (1996), winner of the 1997 Phi Alpha Theta Book Award, and her work has also appeared in Diplomatic History and Peace and Change.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Randall M. Miller


Chronology of Events

The Cold War Explained: Historical Overview

Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1950

Domestic Security and Insecurity During the Cold War

The Cold War in Asia

The Cold War in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa

The Final Years: Détente, a New Cold War, and Denouement

Legacies of the Cold War

Biographies: The Personalities Behind the Cold War

Primary Documents of the Cold War

Glossary of Selected Terms

Annotated Bibliography


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