The Cold War

The Cold War : A Post-Cold War History

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Now available in a fully revised and updated third edition,
The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the history and enduring legacy of the Cold War.




Thoroughly updated in light of new scholarship, including revised sections on President Nixon's policies in Vietnam and President Reagan's approach to U.S.-Soviet relations
Features six all new "counterparts" sections that juxtapose important historical figures to illustrate the contrasting viewpoints that characterized the Cold War
Argues that the success of Western capitalism during the Cold War laid the groundwork for the economic globalization and political democratization that have defined the 21st century
Includes extended coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the most dangerous confrontation of the nuclear age thus far
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 141 x 214 x 15mm | 334g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd Edition
  • 1118848403
  • 9781118848401
  • 831,037

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The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to the history and enduring legacy of the Cold War, charting the evolution of U.S.-Soviet relations from the end of World War II through 1990. The thoroughly revised third edition of this landmark texthas been fully updated to incorporate new scholarship on such topics as the Vietnam War and President Reagan's policies toward the Soviet Union.

In addition to delineating the history of the Cold War, Ralph Levering argues that the success of Western democratic capitalism during the Cold War laid the groundwork for the economic globalization and political democratization that are paramount in the twenty-first century. With extended coverage of the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as a thorough examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the new edition of The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History will continue to serve as an essential guide to this pivotal period in global history.
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations ix


Preface and Acknowledgments xii


Prologue: Uneasy Allies, 1941-1945 1


1 Downward Spiral during the Truman-Stalin Years, 1945-1953 19


Issues in the Emerging Cold War 20


Images and Domestic Politics Harm Relations 28


Counterparts: George Kennan and Nikolai Novikov 30


Containment and Countercontainment, 1947-1949 34


The Most Dangerous Phase, 1950-1952 42


Conclusion 55


2 The Institutionalized Cold War, 1953-1962 58


The Cold War at Home 62


A Modest Improvement in East-West Relations, 1953-1955 70


The Second Dangerous Phase, 1956-1962 78


Counterparts: J. William Fulbright and Barry Goldwater 92


Showdown: The Cuban Missile Crisis 100


Conclusion 107


3 The Shift toward Relative Detente, 1963-1972 111


An Improved Atmosphere in 1963 113


Vietnam at Center Stage, 1964-1968 118


Toward a New Balance of Power, 1969-1972 131


Counterparts: Daniel Ellsberg and Henry Kissinger 140


Conclusion 151


4 The Roller ]Coaster Years, 1973-1984 154


Detente Bogs Down, 1973-1976 157


Carter Rides the Roller Coaster, 1977-1980 174


Reagan Challenges the Cold War Status Quo, 1981-1984 188


Counterparts: Jeane Kirkpatrick and Christopher Dodd 202


Seeking Improved US-Soviet Relations, 1983-1984 207


Conclusion 210


Epilogue: The Cold War Ends, 1985-1991 214


Counterparts: Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan 222


Bibliographical Essay 230


Index 251


Photo Essay: The Cold War at Midpassage, 1957-1973 110


Maps


Map 1.1 Map of Korea 51


Map 2.1 Map of Israel 83


Map 3.1 Map of Vietnam 123


Map 4.1 Map of the Horn of Africa 179


Map 4.2 Map of Central America 200
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About Ralph B. Levering

Ralph Levering is Emeritus Professor of History at Davidson College. He is the author or co-author of nine books,, including
Debating the Origins of the Cold War: American and Russian Perspectives (2002) and
The Kennedy Crises: The Press, the
Presidency, and Foreign Policy (1983).
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