Natural Enemies

Natural Enemies : The United States and the Soviet Union in the Cold War, 1917-1991

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In an attempt to explain the seemingly a priori antagonisms of the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War, Natural Enemies stands apart from previous literature on the topic. Looking at modern European history and the rise of the United States as a superpower, Robert Grogin contends that the Cold War eventually arose out of the clash of two ideologically motivated political systems. Grogin helps us see how the conflict between an American, Wilsonian-inspired politics and Soviet Leninist ideology developed into a gulf that was bound to be antagonistic from the start. The various postwar crises and failed attempts at detente frame this struggle, as Grogin charts the geopolitical trajectory of the conflict until its final dissolution. With an eye toward understanding the impact of this period on subsequent world events, Natural Enemies presents an integrated and original interpretation of Cold War more

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 33mm | 657.72g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739101390
  • 9780739101391

About Robert C. Grogin

Robert C. Grogin is associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of The Bergsonian Controversy in France, 1900-1914 (1988).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Background to the Conflict Chapter 2 The United States, The Soviet Union and World Revolution Chapter 3 Prelude to War Chapter 4 The Big Three and the Grand Alliance Chapter 5 The Yalta Legacy Chapter 6 Potsdam and the Division of Europe Chapter 7 Confronting the Soviet Union: The Crisis of 1946 Chapter 8 The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan Chapter 9 Constructing the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1953 Chapter 10 The Berlin Blockade and the Formation of N.A.T.O Chapter 11 The Perils of Containment: The Korean War Chapter 12 Eisenhower and Dulles: From Massive Retaliation to Covert Action Chapter 13 The Suez Crisis Chapter 14 The Death of Stalin and the Revolution of 1956 Chapter 15 Khrushchev and the Berlin Problem, 1958-1963 Chapter 16 The Cuban Missile Crisis Chapter 17 The Congo Crisis Chapter 18 The Vietnam War Chapter 19 The Road to Detente Chapter 20 The Erosion of Containment and the End of Detente Chapter 21 The Crisis of Communism Chapter 22 The Struggle to Reform the Soviet Union Chapter 23 The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the End of the Cold War Chapter 24 Conclusionshow more

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