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The United States and the End of the Cold War: Implications, Reconsiderations, Provocations

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The Cold War ended with an exhilarating wave of events: the toppling of the Berlin Wall, the rise of the dissident poet Vaclav Havel, the revolution in Romania. Americans rejoiced at the dramatic conclusion of the long struggle. "But victories in wars--hot or cold--tend to unfocus the mind," writes John Gaddis. "It can be a dangerous thing to have achieved one's objectives, because one then has to decide what to do next." In The United States and the End of the Cold War, Gaddis provides a sharp focus on the long history of the Cold War, shedding new light on its sudden ending, as well as on what might come next.

In this provocative, insightful book, Gaddis offers a number of thoughtful essays on the history of international relations during the last half century. His reassessments of important figures and themes from the Cold War are sometimes surprising. For example, he portrays John Foster Dulles and Ronald Reagan as far more flexible and perceptive statesmen than the missile-toting caricatures depicted in editorial cartoons. And he takes a second look at the importance of espionage and intelligence in Cold War history, a field often left to buffs and spy novelists. Most important, he focuses on the central elements in superpower relations. In an eloquent account of the American style of foreign policy in the twentieth century, for instance, he explores how Americans (having learned the lesson of Adolf Hitler) consistently equated the forms of foreign governments with their external behavior, assuming that authoritarian states would be aggressive states. He also analyzes the "tectonics" of Cold War history, demonstrating how long term changes in international affairs and Soviet bloc countries built up pressures that led to the sudden earthquakes of 1989. And along the way, Gaddis illuminates such topics as the role of morality in American foreign policy, the relevance of nuclear weapons to the balance of power, and the objectives of containment. He even includes (and criticizes) an essay entitled, "How the Cold War Might End," written before the dramatic events of recent years, to demonstrate how quickly the tide of history can overwhelm contemporary analysis. Gaddis concludes with a thoughtful consideration of the problems and forces at work in the post-Cold War world.

Author of such works as The Long Peace and Strategies of Containment, John Lewis Gaddis is one of the leading authorities on postwar American foreign policy. In these perceptive, highly readable essays, he provides a fresh assessment of the evolution of the Cold War, and insight into the shape of things to come.

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A collection of essays by a leading American authority on US foreign policy, which discusses the American style of diplomacy of the 20th century, the ambiguous nature of morality in American foreign policy, various aspects of Cold War diplomacy and the end of the Cold War itself.

Synopsis:

The book contains significant new interpretations of the American style in foreign policy, the objectives of containment, the role of morality, nuclear weapons, and intelligence and espionage in Washington's conduct of the Cold War. It reassesses, in ways sure to be controversial, the leadership of two distinctive cold warriors, John Foster Dulles and Ronald Reagan.

About the Author

John Lewis Gaddis is Professor of History and director of the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University. He is the author of The Long Peace and Strategies of Containment.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195085518
Author:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, John Lewis
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Series Volume:
Volume VI: Nineteent
Publication Date:
19940431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.20x6.11x.84 in. 1.03 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A collection of essays by a leading American authority on US foreign policy, which discusses the American style of diplomacy of the 20th century, the ambiguous nature of morality in American foreign policy, various aspects of Cold War diplomacy and the end of the Cold War itself.
"Synopsis" by , The book contains significant new interpretations of the American style in foreign policy, the objectives of containment, the role of morality, nuclear weapons, and intelligence and espionage in Washington's conduct of the Cold War. It reassesses, in ways sure to be controversial, the leadership of two distinctive cold warriors, John Foster Dulles and Ronald Reagan.

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