The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present

Paperback | July 10, 2015

byMichael H. Hunt

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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 topics.

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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 o...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.21 × 5.98 × 1.18 inPublished:July 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Post-1945 WatershedInternational Politics ReconfiguredWilson and Lenin as Rival Visionaries World War II and the Onset of the Cold War The Reach of NationalismThe Global Economy in TransitionThe First Phase of Globalization, 1870s-1914Globalization Reborn, 1945 to the PresentThe Colonial System on the BrinkVulnerabilities of EmpireThe Appearance of the "Third World"Part One: Hopes and Fears Contend, 1945-19531. The Cold War: Toward Soviet-American ConfrontationOrigins of the RivalryFrom Cooperation to ConflictU.S. Policy in TransitionStalin's Pursuit of Territory and SecurityThe Conflict Goes GlobalDrawing the Line in EuropeThe Nuclear Arms Race AcceleratesOpening a Front in the Third WorldSuperpower Societies in an Unquiet TimeSoviet Society under StressThe U.S. Anti-Communist Consensus2. The International Economy: Out of the RuinsAnglo-American Remedies for an Ailing System Keynesian Economics and a Design for Prosperity The Bretton Woods AgreementsThe U.S. Rescue OperationOccupation and Recovery in JapanRecovery in Western EuropeThe American Economic PowerhouseGood Times ReturnDisney and the U.S. Economic Edge"Coca-colonization" and the Mass Consumption ModelEuropean Resistance to "Americanization"3. The Third World: First Tremors in AsiaThe Appeal of Revolution and the Strong State The Chinese Communist Triumph Vietnam's Revolutionary StruggleNew States Under Conservative ElitesIndia's Status-Quo IndependenceThe Collaborative Impulse in the PhilippinesPart Two: The Cold War System under Stress, 1953-19684. The Cold War [retitle Soviet-U.S. Rivalry?]: A Tenuous AccommodationThe Beginnings of Coexistence Khrushchev Under Pressure Crosscurrents in American PolicyCrisis PointsTo the Nuclear Brink in CubaThe Vietnam QuagmireThe Quake of 1968The American EpicenterThe Ground Shifts Abroad5. Abundance and Discontent in the Developed World [retitle Developed Economies?] America at the ApogeeTriumph at Home and AbroadWarning Signs of Economic TroublesRecovery in Western Europe and Japan The Old World's New Course The Second Japanese MiracleVoices of DiscontentThe New Environmentalism The Feminist Upsurge Development and Inequality6. Third-World Hopes at High TideRevolutionary Trajectories in East Asia The Maoist Experiment in China Vietnam's Fight for the SouthThe Caribbean Basin: Between Reaction and RevolutionGuatemala's "Ten Years of Spring" Cuba and the Revolution that SurvivedDecolonization in Sub-Saharan AfricaGhana and Nkrumah's African SocialismColonial Legacies in Ghana and BeyondRemaking the Middle East and North AfricaEconomic Nationalism in IranA New Order for Egypt and the RegionColonial Crisis in AlgeriaPart Three: From Cold War to Globalization, 1968-19917. The Cold War Comes to a CloseThe Rise and Fall of D.tente The Nixon Turnaround The Brezhnev EraWestern Europe and D.tente [combine with Nixon section?] The U.S. Retreat from D.tenteThe Gorbachev InitiativesGlasnost, Perestroika, and a New Foreign PolicyThe Demise of the Soviet SystemExplaining the Cold War Outcome The Role of Leaders Impersonal Forces8. Global Markets: One System, Three CentersThe United States in TransitionThe Stagflation CrisisThe Free Market SolutionThe Rise of an East Asian Bloc Japan Stays on Course The "Little Dragons" StirCapitalism with Chinese CharacteristicsVietnam in China's FootstepsRevived Bloc Building in Europe Renewed Integration and the E.U. Post-'89 and the Opening to the East9. Divergent Paths in the Third WorldThe Changing Face of Revolutions Cambodia's Genocidal Revolution Religious Challenge in IranRevolutionary Aftershocks in the Middle EastOpposition to Settler Colonialism Apartheid under Siege Conflict over PalestineRepression and Resistance in GuatemalaDreams of Development in DisarrayStalemated Economies The Population Explosion Women and DevelopmentPart Four: Integration and Fragmentation, the 1990s and Beyond10. The Power and Perils of GlobalizationThe Dimensions of a New Global OrderThe Pieces Fall into PlaceThe Magic of the MarketThe Destructive Side of CreationDisrupted Lives, Torn Societies, Hollow PoliticsThe Specter of InequalityAn Environment under StressSaving People and the PlanetThe AgentsThe Battlegrounds11. A World of RegionsThe New World's New EraHegemonic PretensionsLatin America Beyond the Cold WarCrosscurrents and Conflict in the Middle EastThe Rise of Political IslamFlashpointsThe Return of Asia Development Models China's Regional RoleThe Old World's Old Problems The EU Project in Trouble The Geopolitical PygmyFinal Reflections: The Limits and Uses of HistoryRecommended ResourcesNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"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 thebook'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 recentresearch 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