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The Cambridge History of the Cold War

Volume 1. Origins

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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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  • Date Published: February 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107602298

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  • This volume examines the origins, causes and early years of the Cold War. Leading scholars show how the conflict evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic, and socio-political environment of the two world wars and the interwar period as well as examining how markets, ideas, and cultural interactions affected political discourse, diplomatic events, and strategic thinking. Chapters focus not only on the USA, the USSR, and Great Britain, but also on other critical regions such as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and East Asia. They deal not only with the most influential statesmen of the era but also address the issues that mattered most to peoples around the globe: food, nutrition, and resource allocation; demography and consumption; ethnicity, race, and religion; science and technology; national autonomy, self-determination, and sovereignty. In so doing, the book illuminates 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[There is] an admirable comprehensiveness in The Cambridge History... The editors have gathered the top scholars on each topic, and many do not disappoint, even if only by offering succinct reprises of their own books." -Lawrence D. Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King's College, London, Foreign Affairs (March/April 2010)

    "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." -H-Soz-u-Kult

    "...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

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

    "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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107602298
    • length: 662 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Editors

    Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia
    Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor of American History at the Department of History, University of Virginia. His previous publications include To Lead the World: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine (2008, as co-editor), For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (2007, winner of the AHA George Louis Beer Prize) and A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration and the Cold War (1992, winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Robert Ferrell Prize and the Herbert Hoover Book Award).

    Odd Arne Westad, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His previous publications include The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (2005, winner of the Bancroft Prize, the APSA New Political Science Prize and the Akira Ireye Award), Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946–1950 (2003) and Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945–1963 (1999, as editor).


    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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