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The Cambridge History of the Cold War


  • 43 b/w illus. 6 maps
  • Page extent: 664 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.18 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 909.82/5
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: D842 .C295 2009
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Cold War
    • World politics--1945-1989
    • International relations--History--20th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521837194)

This volume examines the origins and early years of the Cold War. In the first comprehensive reexamination of the period, a team of leading scholars shows how the conflict evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic and sociopolitical environments of the two world wars and interwar period, and discusses how markets, ideas and cultural interactions affected political discourse, diplomacy and strategy after World War II. The chapters focus not only on the United States and the Soviet Union, but also on critical regions such as Europe, the Balkans and East Asia. The authors consider the most influential statesmen of the era and address issues that mattered to people around the globe: food, nutrition and resource allocation; ethnicity, race and religion; science and technology; national autonomy, self-determination and sovereignty. In so doing, they illuminate how people worldwide shaped the evolution of the increasingly bipolar conflict and, in turn, were ensnared by it.

• Comprehensive new history by leading Cold War scholars from around the world • Unique coverage encompasses economic, ideological, strategic, geopolitical, cultural and intellectual issues of the Cold War • Provides new insights into different leaders such as Stalin, Truman, Khrushchev, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Mao, Adenauer and Bevin


1. The Cold War and the international history of the twentieth century Odd Arne Westad; 2. Ideology and the origins of the Cold War, 1917–1962 David C. Engerman; 3. The world economy and the Cold War in the middle of the twentieth century Charles S. Maier; 4. The emergence of an American grand strategy, 1945–1952 Melvyn P. Leffler; 5. The Soviet Union and the world, 1944–1953 Vladimir O. Pechatnov; 6. Britain and the Cold War, 1945–1955 Anne Deighton; 7. The division of Germany, 1945–1949 Hans-Peter Schwarz; 8. The Marshall Plan and the creation of the west William I. Hitchcock; 9. The Sovietization of eastern Europe, 1944–1953 Norman Naimark; 10. The Cold War in the Balkans, 1945–1956 Svetozar Rajak; 11. The birth of the People's Republic of China and the road to the Korean War Niu Jun; 12. Japan, the United States, and the Cold War, 1945–1960 Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu; 13. The Korean War William Stueck; 14. US national security policy from Eisenhower to Kennedy Robert J. McMahon; 15. Soviet foreign policy, 1953–1962 Vojtech Mastny; 16. East central Europe, 1953–1956 Csaba Békés; 17. The Sino-Soviet Alliance and the Cold War in Asia, 1954–1962 Shu Guang Zhang; 18. Nuclear weapons and the escalation of the Cold War, 1945–1962 David Holloway; 19. Culture and the Cold War in Europe Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht; 20. Cold War mobilization and domestic politics: the United States Laura McEnaney; 21. Cold War mobilisation and domestic politics: the Soviet Union David Priestland; 22. Decolonization, the global south, and the Cold War, 1919–1962 Mark Philip Bradley; 23. Oil, resources, and the Cold War, 1945–1962 David S. Painter; Bibliography.


Review of the set: 'There has never been a Cold War history like it; everything about it is monumental … In total, the volumes represent a successful interconnected attempt at describing the Cold War in full.' Jost Dülffer, H-Soz-u-Kult

Review of the set: 'The Cambridge History of the Cold War (CHCW) marks a coming of age for Cold War studies. This multi-volume compilation provides a synthesis of the 'New Cold War History'. It is a signal moment in the evolution of the field.' Mike Sewell, H-Diplo

Review of the set: '… if (I) could recommend just three books to a reader with no prior knowledge of the Cold War - the average undergraduate, say - it would likely be this series. The breadth and depth of coverage, in disciplinary and geographical terms, is unparalleled.' David Milne, H-Diplo

Review of the hardback: '… the volume presents a very impressive picture of the formation and globalization of the Cold War, tracing its influence on all aspects of postwar socio-political life … Illustrations, diagrams, a bibliographical essay, and a detailed index give an additional value to the volume, which beyond its research aims can be recommended for use in teaching.' Nataliya Egorova, H-Diplo

Review of the hardback: '… [its] cogent summaries of various aspects and theaters of the conflict from 1945 to 1962 seem likely to stand the [test] of time … many undergraduate courses would benefit from the assignment of some of these readings.' David Kaiser, H-Diplo


Odd Arne Westad, David C. Engerman, Charles S. Maier, Melvyn P. Leffler, Vladimir O. Pechatnov, Anne Deighton, Hans-Peter Schwarz, William I. Hitchcock, Norman Naimark, Svetozar Rajak, Niu Jun, Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu, William Stueck, Robert J. McMahon, Vojtech Mastny, Csaba Békés, Shu Guang Zhang, David Holloway, Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Laura McEnaney, David Priestland, Mark Philip Bradley, David S. Painter

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