The World Transformed

The World Transformed : 1945 to the Present

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Through its lively and accessible narrative, The World Transformed: 1945 to Present provides students with an account of the political, socio-economic, and cultural developments that have shaped global events since 1945. The book's focus on three central and profoundly interconnected stories-the unfolding of the Cold War, the growth of the international economy, and the developing world's quest for political and economic independence-offers students a framework for understanding the past and making sense of the present. Attentive to overarching themes, individual historical figures, and diverse nations-and now substantially revised with a new Part 4 that examines world events since 1990-The World Transformed, Second Edition, is ideal for courses on post-1945 world history, international relations, or global more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 28mm | 854g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0199371024
  • 9780199371020
  • 1,229,143

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The second edition of Michael Hunt's The World Transformed is the most comprehensive and up-to-date historical survey of the post-1945 period. While the overall structure and approach remain broadly similar to the first edition, new chapters, revisions, and features add substantially to the book's interpretive power. Of particular importance are the additions of two new chapters on the post-1990 period, which offer detailed coverage of the last quarter-century. In addition, thoroughly revised recommended resources at the end of each chapter will allow students to pursue the most recent research on a wide variety of subjects. It is a terrific narrative and analysis for any course focusing on the post-1945 period. * Heather Streets-Salter, Northeastern University * It is difficult to imagine a better history of the world from 1945 to the present than the new edition of Michael Hunt's The World Transformed. Having added chapters that cover the post-Cold War decades, Hunt provides a remarkably informed, balanced, and nuanced exploration of an era of unprecedented globalization. His capacious narrative is attentive to both the upside and perils of ever accelerating transnational and cross-cultural connections and is replete with vignettes that underscore human agency. The World Transformed is the most compelling and thought-provoking assessment available on the tumultuous quarter-century from the end of World War II through the present day. * Michael Adas, Rutgers University *show more

About Michael H. Hunt

Michael H. Hunt is the Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including The World Transformed, 1945 to the Present: A Documentary Reader, Second Edition (OUP, 2014) and Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy, Second Edition (2009). He is also the coauthor, with Steven I. Levine, of Arc of Empire: America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam (2012).show more

Table of contents

Preface ; Introduction: The Post-1945 Watershed ; International Politics Reconfigured ; Wilson and Lenin as Rival Visionaries World War II and the Onset of the Cold War The Reach of Nationalism ; The Global Economy in Transition ; The First Phase of Globalization, 1870s-1914 ; Globalization Reborn, 1945 to the Present ; The Colonial System on the Brink ; Vulnerabilities of Empire ; The Appearance of the "Third World" ; Part One: Hopes and Fears Contend, 1945-1953 ; Chapter 1: The Cold War: Toward Soviet-American Confrontation ; Origins of the Rivalry ; From Cooperation to Conflict ; U.S. Policy in Transition ; Stalin's Pursuit of Territory and Security ; The Conflict Goes Global ; Drawing the Line in Europe ; The Nuclear Arms Race Accelerates ; Opening a Front in the Third World ; Superpower Societies in an Unquiet Time ; Soviet Society under Stress ; The U.S. Anti-Communist Consensus ; Chapter 2: The International Economy: Out of the Ruins ; Anglo-American Remedies for an Ailing System Keynesian Economics and a Design for Prosperity The Bretton Woods Agreements ; The U.S. Rescue Operation ; Occupation and Recovery in Japan ; Recovery in Western Europe ; The American Economic Powerhouse ; Good Times Return ; Disney and the U.S. Economic Edge ; "Coca-colonization" and the Mass Consumption Model ; European Resistance to "Americanization" ; Chapter 3: The Third World: First Tremors in Asia ; The Appeal of Revolution and the Strong State The Chinese Communist Triumph Vietnam's Revolutionary Struggle ; New States Under Conservative Elites ; India's Status-Quo Independence ; The Collaborative Impulse in the Philippines ; Part Two: The Cold War System under Stress, 1953-1968 ; Chapter 4. The Cold War: A Tenuous Accommodation ; The Beginnings of Coexistence Khrushchev Under Pressure Crosscurrents in American Policy ; Crisis Points ; To the Nuclear Brink in Cuba ; The Vietnam Quagmire ; The Quake of 1968 ; The American Epicenter ; The Ground Shifts Abroad ; Chapter 5. Abundance and Discontent in the Developed World ; America at the Apogee ; Triumph at Home and Abroad ; Warning Signs of Economic Troubles ; Recovery in Western Europe and Japan The Old World's New Course The Second Japanese Miracle ; Voices of Discontent ; The New Environmentalism The Feminist Upsurge Development and Inequality ; Chapter 6. Third-World Hopes at High Tide ; Revolutionary Trajectories in East Asia The Maoist Experiment in China Vietnam's Fight for the South ; The Caribbean Basin: Between Reaction and Revolution ; Guatemala's "Ten Years of Spring" Cuba and the Revolution that Survived ; Decolonization in Sub-Saharan Africa ; Ghana and Nkrumah's African Socialism ; Colonial Legacies in Ghana and Beyond ; Remaking the Middle East and North Africa ; Economic Nationalism in Iran ; A New Order for Egypt and the Region ; Colonial Crisis in Algeria ; Part Three: From Cold War to Globalization, 1968-1991 ; Chapter 7. The Cold War Comes to a Close ; The Rise and Fall of Detente The Nixon Turnaround The Brezhnev Era ; Western Europe and Detente ; The U.S. Retreat from Detente ; The Gorbachev Initiatives ; Glasnost, Perestroika, and a New Foreign Policy ; The Demise of the Soviet System ; Explaining the Cold War Outcome The Role of Leaders Impersonal Forces ; Chapter 8. Global Markets: One System, Three Centers ; The United States in Transition ; The Stagflation Crisis ; The Free Market Solution ; The Rise of an East Asian Bloc Japan Stays on Course The "Little Dragons" Stir ; Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics ; Vietnam in China's Footsteps ; Revived Bloc Building in Europe Renewed Integration and the E.U. Post-'89 and the Opening to the East ; Chapter 9. Divergent Paths in the Third World ; The Changing Face of Revolutions Cambodia's Genocidal Revolution Religious Challenge in Iran ; Revolutionary Aftershocks in the Middle East ; Opposition to Settler Colonialism Apartheid under Siege Conflict over Palestine ; Repression and Resistance in Guatemala ; Dreams of Development in Disarray ; Stalemated Economies The Population Explosion Women and Development ; Part Four: Integration and Fragmentation: the 1990s and Beyond ; Chapter 10. The Power and Perils of Globalization ; The Dimensions of a New Global Order ; The Pieces Fall into Place ; The Magic of the Market ; Creation's Destructive Side ; Disrupted Lives, Torn Societies, Hollow Politics ; The Specter of Inequality ; An Environment under Stress ; Saving People and the Planet ; Agents of Reform ; In the Name of Human Rights ; In Defense of Life on the Planet ; Chapter 11. A Regionally Configured World ; The New World's New Era ; Hegemonic Pretensions ; Latin America Beyond the Cold War ; Crosscurrents and Conflict in the Middle East ; The Rise of Political Islam ; Flash Points ; The Return of Asia ; Competing Development Models ; China's Long Regional Role ; The Old World's Old Problems ; The EU Project in Trouble ; The Geopolitical Pygmy ; Final Reflections on the Post-1945 World: The Limits and Uses of History ; Recommended Resources ; Notes ; Indexshow more

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