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The Cold War : a world history /

by Westad, Odd Arne.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [London] UK : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2017Description: 710 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780241011317; 0241011310.Subject(s): Cold War | Cold War -- Influence | World politics -- 1945-1989
Contents:
[Introduction.] World making -- 1. Starting points -- 2. Tests of war -- 3. Europe's asymmetries -- 4. Reconstructions -- 5. New Asia -- 6. Korean tragedy -- 7. Eastern spheres -- 8. The making of the West -- 9. China's scourge -- 10. Breaking empires -- 11. Kennedy's contingencies -- 12. Encountering Vietnam -- 13. The Cold War and Latin America -- 14. The age of Brezhnev -- 15. Nixon in Beijing -- 16. The Cold War and India -- 17. Middle East maelstroms -- 18. Defeating détente -- 19. European portents -- 20. Gorbachev -- 21. Global transformations -- 22. European realities -- [Conclusion.] The world the Cold War made.
Subject: The Cold War helped cement a world dominated by the superpowers, a world in which might and violence - or the threat of violence - were the yardsticks of international relations, and where beliefs tended toward the absolute: only one's own system was good. The other system was inherently evil. The stage was set for an intense competition, in which the stakes were seen to be no less than the survival of the world--Adapted from back cover.
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Published simultaneously in the USA: Hachette Book Group.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 637-675) and index.

[Introduction.] World making -- 1. Starting points -- 2. Tests of war -- 3. Europe's asymmetries -- 4. Reconstructions -- 5. New Asia -- 6. Korean tragedy -- 7. Eastern spheres -- 8. The making of the West -- 9. China's scourge -- 10. Breaking empires -- 11. Kennedy's contingencies -- 12. Encountering Vietnam -- 13. The Cold War and Latin America -- 14. The age of Brezhnev -- 15. Nixon in Beijing -- 16. The Cold War and India -- 17. Middle East maelstroms -- 18. Defeating détente -- 19. European portents -- 20. Gorbachev -- 21. Global transformations -- 22. European realities -- [Conclusion.] The world the Cold War made.

The Cold War helped cement a world dominated by the superpowers, a world in which might and violence - or the threat of violence - were the yardsticks of international relations, and where beliefs tended toward the absolute: only one's own system was good. The other system was inherently evil. The stage was set for an intense competition, in which the stakes were seen to be no less than the survival of the world--Adapted from back cover.

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