The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 27, 2003

byRobert J. McMahon

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The massive disorder and economic ruin following the Second World War inevitably predetermined the scope and intensity of the Cold War. But why did it last so long? And what impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, how did it affect thebroader history of the second half of the twentieth century - what were the human and financial costs? This Very Short Introduction provides a clear and stimulating interpretive overview of the Cold War, one that will both invite debate and encourage deeper investigation.

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The massive disorder and economic ruin following the Second World War inevitably predetermined the scope and intensity of the Cold War. But why did it last so long? And what impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, how did it affect thebroader history of the second half of the twe...

Robert J. McMahon is Professor of History at the University of Florida, and President of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. Among his many acclaimed books are The Cold War on the Periphery: the United States, India, and Pakistan (1994), and The Limits of Empire: the US and Southeast Asia since World War II (1999)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.5 inPublished:March 27, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801783

ISBN - 13:9780192801784

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Table of Contents

1. The Setting: World War II and the destruction of the Old2. Origins of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-19503. Toward hot war in Asia, 1945-19504. A global Cold War, 1950-19635. The rise and fall of detente, 1963-19786. Cold wars at home7. Nuclear weapons and arms control8. The final phase, 1978-19899. The aftermath