The Cold War and After

The Cold War and After : Capitalism, Revolution and Superpower Politics

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'Richard Saull provides us with major new insights into the turbulent history of the twentieth century - once dominated by a fear of revolution and now driven by new worries about weapons of mass destruction and global jihad. A must read for those looking for another way of thinking about our dark times.' Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations and Director of the Cold War Studies Centre at the London School of Economics 'Rick Saull provides a comprehensive reinterpretation of world politics in the 'short twentieth century' (1917-91)...Whatever your perspective, this book will challenge you to rethink your views of Cold War politics, and the post-Cold War world.' Mark Rupert, Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA 'An indispensable book.' Professor Marilyn Young, Department of History, New York University 'Sophisticated and illuminating. The book exposes the thin superficiality of mainstream efforts to capture and explain the dynamics of the Cold War. And it raises fundamental theoretical issues about the sociology of contemporary international politics.
Richard Saull's fascinating and challenging book will be indispensable not only for students of Cold War history but for students of international relations theory.' Peter Gowan, Professor of International Relations, London Metropolitan University The Cold War is often presented as a power struggle between the Soviet Union and the US. Richard Saull challenges this assumption. He broadens our understanding of the defining political conflict of the twentieth century by stressing the social and ideological differences of the superpowers and how these differences conditioned their international behaviour. Saull argues that US-Soviet antagonism was part of a wider conflict between capitalism and communism involving states and social forces other than the superpowers. The US was committed to containing revolutionary movements that emerged out of uneven capitalist development. Saull not only provides a richer international history of the Cold War than mainstream approaches, but is also explains why revolutionary domestic transformations caused international crises.
Tracing the origins of resistance to American power, Saull's book provides an ideal alternative perspective on the Cold War and its end.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 24mm | 521.64g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745320953
  • 9780745320953

About Richard Saull

Richard Saull is Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London, and is the author of Rethinking Theory and History in the Cold War: The State, Military Power and Social Revolution (2001).
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: History and Theory in the Cold War 2. The International Impact of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Early Cold War, 1917-1945 3. The Cold War Transformed: Geopolitical Restructuring and a New Wave of Social Revolution, 1945-49 4. The Militarization of Cold War: The Containment of the USSR 4 and the Emergence of New Revolutionary Fronts, 1950-62 5. The Final Gasp of Cold War: The Decline of US Military Superiority and the Expansion of International Communist Power, 1962-80 6. Ending the Cold War: From Militarized Counter-Revolution to the Collapse of Soviet Communism, 1980-91 7. Conclusions: Tracing the Paradoxical Ends of the Cold War and the Origins of Contemporary Conflict in World Politics Select Bibliography Index
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Rick Saull provides in this new book a comprehensive reinterpretation of world politics in the 'short twentieth century' (1917-91). ...Highlighting organic connections between geopolitics and socio-economic relations, Saull stresses the coercive and militarized ways in which revolutionary communist power emerged and reproduced itself in a hostile, capitalist-dominated world. -- Mark Rupert, Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA Richard Saull takes the long view of the rise and fall of the Cold War and ... into the turbulent history of the twentieth century - once dominated by a fear of revolution and now driven by new and possibly more terrifying worries about weapons of mass destruction and global jihad. A must read for those looking for another way of thinking about our dark times. -- Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations and Director of the Cold War Studies Centre at the London School of Economics [This book] is more than the historical summary of the subject promised by his preface. It combines a compelling analytic narrative with a challenging theoretical understanding of Cold War. ... He demolishes standard accounts of the Cold War and its aftermath and ends with an intricate, complex approach to the political geography of the war on terror. ... indispensable book -- Professor Marilyn Young, Department of History, New York University Richard Saull's brilliant [book] is an indispensable account of the Cold War which challenges the standard accounts theoretically and analytically. ... He carries the reader along in a vigorously argued and persuasively written narrative. No other book on the Cold War comes close to Saull's striking integration of socio-economic, ideological, strategic and military perspectives. -- Professor Marilyn Young, Department of History, New York University [The author] ... shows how many of the fundamental driving forces of international conflict during the Cold War remain with us today, not least in the so-called war on terror. ... Saull's survey of the theoretical debate on the Cold War is sophisticated and illuminating. ... It raises fundamental theoretical issues about the sociology of contemporary international politics. -- Peter Gowan, Professor of International Relations, London Metropolitan University
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