The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts

Paperback | September 1, 2004

EditorJussi M. Hanhimaki, Odd Arne Westad

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The Cold War contains a selection of official and unofficial documents which provide a truly multi-faceted account of the entire Cold War era. This volume presents the different kinds of materials necessary to understand what the Cold War was about, how it was fought, and the ways in which itaffected the lives of people around the globe.By depicting the experiences of East Berlin housewives and South African students, as well as those of political leaders from Europe and the Third World, The Cold War emphasizes the variety of ways in which the Cold War conflict was experienced. The significance of these differences is essential tounderstanding the Cold War: it demonstrates how the causes of the clash may have looked very different in Santiago from the way they looked in Seoul, New York, Moscow, or Beijing. The book examines the entirety of the Cold War era, presenting documents from the end of World War II right up to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. A final selection of source material goes on to illustrate the impact of the Cold War to the present day. Again, the emphasis is global: thereare documents on the aftermath of the Cold War in Africa and Europe, as well as on the links between the Cold War and the dramatic events of 11 September 2001.By providing a truly international glimpse of the Cold War and its various actors and subjects, The Cold War helps cut through the often simplistic notions of the recent past and allows the reader to explore the truly global impact of the East-West confrontation that dominated internationalrelations in the second half of the twentieth century.

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The Cold War contains a selection of official and unofficial documents which provide a truly multi-faceted account of the entire Cold War era. This volume presents the different kinds of materials necessary to understand what the Cold War was about, how it was fought, and the ways in which itaffected the lives of people around the glob...

Jussi M. Hanhimaki is a Professor of International History and Politics, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. Odd Arne Westad is a Reader in International History, London School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:712 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:September 1, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying the Cold War1. Origins, 1917-19452. The Iron Curtain3. The Division of Germany4. The Marshall Plan and NATO5. The United States and Japan, 1945-19656. The Korean War and the Sino-Soviet Alliance7. The Vietnam Wars, 1945-19758. Communism in Eastern Europe and China9. Technologies, Weapons, and the Arms Race10. The Integration of Western Europe11. Decolonization and the Cold War12. Latin America and the Cold War13. Cultures and Mindsets14. Spies and Covert Operations15. The Rise of Detente16. The Fall of Detente17. Challenges to the Cold War: The 1980s18. The End of the Cold War19. Cold War LegaciesSourcesIndex

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`A fascinating compilation of documents that illuminates diverse aspects of the Cold War and from multiple perspectives. This volume is essential reading for all students of the Cold War and should prove invaluable in teaching courses on the international history of the 20th century.'Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia