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People still think of the Cold War as a simple two-sided conflict, a kind of gigantic arm wrestle on a global scale," writes Marc Trachtenberg, "but this view fails to grasp the essence of what was really going on." America and Russia were both willing to live with the status quo in Europe. What then could have generated the kind of conflict that might have led to a nuclear holocaust? This is the great puzzle of the Cold War, and in this book, the product of nearly twenty years of work, Trachtenberg tries to solve it.

The answer, he says, has to do with the German question, especially with the German nuclear question. These issues lay at the heart of the Cold War, and a relatively stable peace took shape only when they were resolved. The book develops this argument by telling a story--a complex story involving many issues of detail, but focusing always on the central question of how a stable international system came into being during the Cold War period. A Constructed Peace will be of interest not just to students of the Cold War, but to people concerned with the problem of war and peace, and in particular with the question of how a stable international order can be constructed, even in our own day.

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"A powerful, original, and engaging work. Marc Trachtenberg has woven together an enormous array of evidence and information, much of it only recently available to researchers, into a compelling interpretation of an extremely important historical period. Trachtenberg's book is broad as well as deep, and its implications for our understanding of the dynamics of the Cold War extend well beyond the period it examines."--Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton University

"Marc Trachtenberg's grasp of the finer points of Western internal debates on nuclear weapons and strategy is impressive. His book is an extraordinary piece of research and analysis that may very well set the standard in the field of Cold War studies for years to come."--William Stueck, University of Georgia

Synopsis:

People still think of the Cold War as a simple two-sided conflict, a kind of gigantic arm wrestle on a global scale," writes Marc Trachtenberg, "but this view fails to grasp the essence of what was really going on." America and Russia were both willing to live with the status quo in Europe. What then could have generated the kind of conflict that might have led to a nuclear holocaust? This is the great puzzle of the Cold War, and in this book, the product of nearly twenty years of work, Trachtenberg tries to solve it.

The answer, he says, has to do with the German question, especially with the German nuclear question. These issues lay at the heart of the Cold War, and a relatively stable peace took shape only when they were resolved. The book develops this argument by telling a story--a complex story involving many issues of detail, but focusing always on the central question of how a stable international system came into being during the Cold War period. A Constructed Peace will be of interest not just to students of the Cold War, but to people concerned with the problem of war and peace, and in particular with the question of how a stable international order can be constructed, even in our own day.

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Pt. IThe Division of Europe
Ch. 1A Spheres of Influence Peace?3
Ch. 2Toward the Rubicon34
Ch. 3The Test of Strength66
Pt. IIThe Nato System
Ch. 4The Making of the NATO System95
Ch. 5Eisenhower and Nuclear Sharing146
Ch. 6An Alliance in Disarray201
Pt. IIIThe Cold War Peace
Ch. 7The Politics of the Berlin Crisis, 1958-1960251
Ch. 8Kennedy, NATO, and Berlin283
Ch. 9A Settlement Takes Shape352
Sources and Bibliography403
Index419

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691002736
Author:
Trachtenberg, Marc
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Treaties
Subject:
Nuclear weapons
Subject:
Nuclear weapons (international law)
Subject:
Nuclear weapons -- International cooperation.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
North atlantic treaty organization
Subject:
World History-European History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Paperback
Publication Date:
February 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table, 4 maps, 2 line illus., 11 halft
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "A powerful, original, and engaging work. Marc Trachtenberg has woven together an enormous array of evidence and information, much of it only recently available to researchers, into a compelling interpretation of an extremely important historical period. Trachtenberg's book is broad as well as deep, and its implications for our understanding of the dynamics of the Cold War extend well beyond the period it examines."--Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton University

"Marc Trachtenberg's grasp of the finer points of Western internal debates on nuclear weapons and strategy is impressive. His book is an extraordinary piece of research and analysis that may very well set the standard in the field of Cold War studies for years to come."--William Stueck, University of Georgia

"Synopsis" by , People still think of the Cold War as a simple two-sided conflict, a kind of gigantic arm wrestle on a global scale," writes Marc Trachtenberg, "but this view fails to grasp the essence of what was really going on." America and Russia were both willing to live with the status quo in Europe. What then could have generated the kind of conflict that might have led to a nuclear holocaust? This is the great puzzle of the Cold War, and in this book, the product of nearly twenty years of work, Trachtenberg tries to solve it.

The answer, he says, has to do with the German question, especially with the German nuclear question. These issues lay at the heart of the Cold War, and a relatively stable peace took shape only when they were resolved. The book develops this argument by telling a story--a complex story involving many issues of detail, but focusing always on the central question of how a stable international system came into being during the Cold War period. A Constructed Peace will be of interest not just to students of the Cold War, but to people concerned with the problem of war and peace, and in particular with the question of how a stable international order can be constructed, even in our own day.

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