We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History

Paperback | March 1, 1998

byJohn Lewis Gaddis

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The end of the Cold War makes it possible, for the first time, to begin writing its history from a truly international perspective, one reflecting Soviet, East European, and Chinese as well as American and West European viewpoints. In a major departure from his earlier scholarship, John LewisGaddis, the pre-eminent American authority on the United States and the Cold War, has written a comprehensive comparative history of that conflict from its origins through to its most dangerous moment, the Cuban missile crisis. We Now Know is packed with new information drawn from previously unavailable sources; it also reflects the findings of a new generation of Cold War historians. It contains striking new insights into the role of ideology, democracy, economics, alliances, and nuclear weapons, as well as majorreinterpretations of Stalin, Truman, Khrushchev, Mao, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. It suggests solutions to long-standing puzzles: Did the Soviet Union want world revolution? Why was Germany divided? Who started the Korean War? What did the Americans mean by "massive retaliation"? When did theSino-Soviet split begin? Why did the U.S.S.R. send missiles to Cuba? And what made the Cold War last as long as it did? This is a fresh, thought-provoking and powerfully argued reassessment of the Cold War by one of its most distinguished historians. It will set the agenda for debates on this subject for years to come.

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Based on the latest findings of Cold War historians and extensive research in American archives as well as the recently opened archives in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China, this book provides a vividly written, eye-opening account of the Cold War during the years from the end of World War II to its most dangerous mome...

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The end of the Cold War makes it possible, for the first time, to begin writing its history from a truly international perspective, one reflecting Soviet, East European, and Chinese as well as American and West European viewpoints. In a major departure from his earlier scholarship, John LewisGaddis, the pre-eminent American authority ...

John Lewis Gaddis is at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Dividing the World2. Cold War Empires: Europe3. Cold War Empires: Asia4. Nuclear Weapons and the Early Cold War5. The German Question6. The Third World7. Economics, Ideology, and Alliance Solidarity8. Nuclear Weapons and the Escalation of the Cold War9. The Cuban Missile Crisis10. The New Cold War History: First ImpressionsNotes, Bibliography, Index

From Our Editors

Based on the latest findings of Cold War historians and extensive research in American archives as well as the recently opened archives in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China, this book provides a vividly written, eye-opening account of the Cold War during the years from the end of World War II to its most dangerous moment, the Cuban missile crisis

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`An important work, where some of the revelations are stunning, the general argument fascinating and the literary style brilliant.'NOD and Conversion