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McMahon, Robert J., 1949-
The Cold War : a very short introduction / Robert J. McMahon
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2003
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  D843 .M337 2003    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Cold War
World politics -- 1945-1989
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Subject(s) International relations
Physical Description 185 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-173) and index
Contents World War II and the destruction of the old order -- The origins of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-50 -- Towards 'Hot War' in Asia, 1945-50 -- A global Cold War, 1950-8 -- From confrontation to detente, 1958-68 -- Cold wars at home -- The rise and fall of superpower detente, 1968-79 -- The final phase, 1980-90
Summary 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 the broader 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.--Publisher description
NOTE 528134
Series Very short introductions ; 87

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