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Debating the Origins of the Cold War: American and Russian Perspectives
     

Debating the Origins of the Cold War: American and Russian Perspectives

by Ralph B. Levering, Vladimir O. Pechatnov, Verena Botzenhart-Viehe, Earl C. Edmondson
 

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Debating the Origins of the Cold War examines the coming of the Cold War through Americans' and Russians' contrasting perspectives and actions. In two engaging essays, the authors demonstrate that a huge gap existed between the democratic, capitalist, and global vision of the post-World War II peace that most Americans believed in and the dictatorial, xenophobic, and

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Debating the Origins of the Cold War examines the coming of the Cold War through Americans' and Russians' contrasting perspectives and actions. In two engaging essays, the authors demonstrate that a huge gap existed between the democratic, capitalist, and global vision of the post-World War II peace that most Americans believed in and the dictatorial, xenophobic, and regional approach that characterized Soviet policies. The authors argue that repeated failures to find mutually acceptable solutions to concrete problems led to the rapid development of the Cold War, and they conclude that, given the respective concerns and perspectives of the time, both superpowers were largely justified in their courses of action. Supplemented by primary sources, including documents detailing Soviet espionage in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s and correspondence between Premier Josef Stalin and Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov during postwar meetings, this is the first book to give equal attention to the U.S. and Soviet policies and perspectives.

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Booknews
Four historians, three in the US and one in Russia, co-author two essays on the Cold War, one giving the American and the other the Russian perspective. Each essay is followed by a selection of primary documents. Some b&w plates and a selected bibliography are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David Mayers
The interpretative essays are thoughtful. They are judicious. They possess analytical elegance. The selection of Soviet and U.S. documents is exactly right, giving both a flavor of the times and a revealing glimpse into the quality of thought in Moscow and Washington. This first-rate book will appeal to university students and to specialists in Cold War history.
Gary R. Hess
Brings fresh perspectives to an important question. It is genuinely and uniquely bi-national in its approach. The co-authored essays provide insight into the complex issues in Soviet-American relations, and the documents are well-chosen. Especially valuable are those documents from the Soviet side, which help immensely in understanding Moscow's strategic concerns and objectives.
John Lewis Gaddis
Based on recently released Soviet as well as American documentation, Debating the Origins of the Cold War is an excellent introduction to a contentious subject, filled with fresh insights and sure to be of interest both to first-time students and to experienced historians.
Political Studies Review
A very useful book.
History Teacher
Combining American and Russian scholarship in each essay, this unique approach provides an insightful and intriguing look at American and Soviet perceptions by using a framework of combinations. Through both perspectives, the authors create a balanced, thorough, and thoughtful synthesis that offers students a clear and concise picture of the various factors that contributed to the beginning of this long, odd, and potentially catastrophic conflict.
Robert E. Herzstein
Debating the Origins of the Cold War is a highly original synthesis of recent discoveries and scholarship. The book casts new light on Stalin's motivations and strategies, and examines the early Cold War through the eyes of both Western and Soviet leaders. Debating the Origins of the Cold War will be useful to instructors teaching this controversial and important subject.
Abbott Gleason
An intelligent, judicious, and cautious narrative. It focuses as much on the quality of American leadership and the relevant aspects of American society and culture as on the international situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742576414
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/26/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Ralph B. Levering teaches U.S. diplomatic history at Davidson College in North Carolina. Vladimir O. Pechatnov is chair of the Department of European and American Studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Verena Botzenhart-Viehe teaches at the Hotchkiss school. C. Earl Edmondson is chair of the Department of History at Davidson College in North Carolina.

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