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The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History, 2nd Edition

The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History, 2nd Edition

Ralph B. Levering

ISBN: 978-0-882-95233-8 January 2005 Wiley-Blackwell 212 Pages


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This latest edition of our classic text draws on analysis of new material released from archives in Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, and other capitals of communist-bloc nations—helping to develop a truly international history of the Cold War, a complex and dynamic conflict that lasted more than forty years and continues to shape the foreign policy of the United States and other nations. Another important recent trend considered is the intensive study of the role of ideology in influencing policy on both sides of the conflict. Dr. Levering holds that the liberal internationalism espoused by leading Democrats and Republicans during World War II, plus most Americans’ profound dislike of communism and communists, contributed greatly to America’s decision to oppose postwar Soviet foreign policy.

Many recent studies of the Cold War emphasize the role of Marxist-Leninist ideology in postwar Soviet and Chinese foreign policy. Although these new directions in scholarship are important, the basic emphases of the original edition remains the same—U.S. actions and public opinion and relations between the two leading actors in the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union. Enhanced as well is coverage of the two large-scale but limited wars that grew out of the conflict, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and of the most dangerous confrontation of the nuclear age thus far, the Cuban missile crisis.

Foreword / VII

Preface / XI

Prologue: Uneasy Allies, 1941-1945 / 1

Chapter One: Downward Spiral During the Truman-Stalin Years, 1945-1953 / 14

The Cold War Begins, 1945-1946 / 14

Containment and Countercontainment, 1947-1949 / 25

The Most Dangerous Phase, 1950-1952 / 33

Conclusion / 45

Chapter Two: The Institutionalized Cold War, 1953-1962 / 47

The Cold War at Home / 50

A Modest Improvement in East-West Relations, 1953-1955 / 57

The Second Dangerous Phase, 1956-1962 / 65

Conclusion / 88

Chapter Three: The Shift Toward Relative Détente, 1963-1972 / 91

An Improved Atmosphere in 1963 / 93

Vietnam at Center Stage, 1964-1968 / 98

Toward a New Balance of Power, 1969-1972 / 109

Conclusion / 124

Chapter Four: The Roller-Coaster Years, 1973-1984 / 126

Détente Bogs Down, 1973-1976 / 128

Carter Rides the Roller Coaster, 1977-1979 / 144

The Third Dangerous Phase, 1980-1984 / 153

Conclusion / 170

Epilogue: The Cold War Ends, 1985-1991 / 172

Bibliographical Essay / 181

Index / 199

Photo Essay: The Cold War at Midpassage, 1957-1973 / follows page 90

Maps / 41, 69, 101, 148, 167