Rethinking the Cold War

Rethinking the Cold War

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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 \u0022vindicationism.\u0022 Writing from different disciplinary and conceptual vantage points, the contributors to the 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.
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  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 22mm | 439.99g
  • Philadelphia PA, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1566395623
  • 9781566395625

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 Eisenberg

3 Revising Postrevisionism: 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 Ending the Cold War

7 The End of the Cold War and Why We Failed to Predict It
Michael Cox

8 Mythmaking 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 Interstate Model in Europe
Mary Kaldor

10 Warsaw Pact Socialism: Detente and the Disintegration of the Soviet Bloc
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
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About Allen Hunter

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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