Rethinking the Cold War

Rethinking the Cold War

Paperback Critical Perspectives on the Past (Paperback)

Edited by Allen Hunter

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  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 22mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 11 November 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia PA
  • ISBN 10: 1566395623
  • ISBN 13: 9781566395625
  • Edition statement: New.

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The end of the Cold War should have been an occasion to reassess its origins, history, significance, and consequences. Yet most commentators have restated positions already developed during the Cold War. They have taken the break-up of the Soviet Union, the shift toward capitalism, and electoral politics in Eastern Europe and countries formerly in the USSR as evidence of a moral and political victory for the United States that needs no further elaboration. This collection of essays offers a more complex and nuanced analysis of Cold War history. It challenges the prevailing perspective, which editor Allen Hunter terms "vindicationism." Writing from different disciplinary and conceptual vantage points, the contributors to this collection invite a rethinking of what the Cold War was, how fully it defined the decades after World War II, what forces sustained it, and what forces led to its demise. By exploring a wide range of central themes of the era, "Rethinking the Cold War" widens the discussion of the Cold War's place in post-war history and intellectual life. Author note: Allen Hunter is Administrative Director, A.E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin.

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Table of contents

Introduction: The Limits of Vindicationist Scholarship -- Allen Hunter Part I. Creating the Cold War 1. Rethinking the Cold War and After: From Containment to Enlargement -- Walter LaFeber 2. Rethinking the Division of Germany -- Carolyn Einsenberg 3. Revising Post-Revisionism: Credibility and Hegemony in the Early Cold War -- Thomas D. Lairson Part II. Decentering the Cold War: Looking South 4. A Requiem for the Cold War: Reviewing the History of International Relations since 1945 -- Cary Fraser 5. Cold War, Capital Accumulation, and Labor Control in Latin America: The Closing of a Cycle, 1945-1990 -- Ian Roxborough 6. Castro in Harlem: A Cold War Watershed -- Brenda Gayle Plummer Part III. Explaining the End of the Cold War 7. The End of the Cold War and Why We Failed to Predict It -- Michael Cox 8. Myth Making about the Character of the Cold War -- Charles W. Kegley Jr. and Shannon Lindsey Blanton 9. Nations and Blocs: Toward a Theory of the Political Economy of the Inter-State Model in Europe -- Mary Kaldor 10. Warsaw Pact Socialism and NATO Capitalism: Disintegrating Blocs, 1973-1989 -- Harriet Friedmann 11. After the Cold War: International Relations in the Period of the latest "New World Order" -- Ronen Palan Part IV. Disciplined Knowledge and Alternative Visions 12. Academic Research Protocols and the Pax Americana: American Economics During the Cold War Era -- Michael A. Bernstein 13. Hannah Arendt as Dissenting Intellectual -- Jeffrey C. Isaac 14. William Appleman Williams: Grassroots Against Empire -- Paul Buhle About the Contributors