This latest edition of our classic text draws on analysis of newmaterial released from archives in Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, andother capitals of communist-bloc nations—helping to develop atruly international history of the Cold War, a complex and dynamicconflict that lasted more than forty years and continues to shapethe foreign policy of the United States and other nations. Anotherimportant recent trend considered is the intensive study of therole of ideology in influencing policy on both sides of theconflict. Dr. Levering holds that the liberal internationalismespoused by leading Democrats and Republicans during World War II,plus most Americans’ profound dislike of communism andcommunists, contributed greatly to America’s decision tooppose postwar Soviet foreign policy.
Many recent studies of the Cold War emphasize the role ofMarxist-Leninist ideology in postwar Soviet and Chinese foreignpolicy. Although these new directions in scholarship are important,the basic emphases of the original edition remains thesame—U.S. actions and public opinion and relations betweenthe two leading actors in the Cold War, the United States and theSoviet Union. Enhanced as well is coverage of the two large-scalebut limited wars that grew out of the conflict, the Korean War andthe Vietnam War, and of the most dangerous confrontation of thenuclear age thus far, the Cuban missile crisis.
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