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Through its lively and accessible narrative, The World Transformed provides students with an account of the political, socio-economic and cultural developments that have shaped global events since 1945. The volume's focus on three central and profoundly interconnected stories — the unfolding of the cold war, the growth of the international economy, and the developing world's quest for political and economic independence — offers students a framework for understanding the past and making sense of the present. Attentive to overarching themes, individual historical figures, and diverse nations, The World Transformed will find an enthusiastic reception in courses on post-1945 world history, international relations, or global concerns.

About the Author

MICHAEL H. HUNT, Emerson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writes and teaches in the general field of international and global history. He is the author of numerous articles and prize-winning books on topics spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics in Chinese as well as U.S. history informed his early publications, while later writings, notably Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy (1987) and Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968 (1996), focused on the role of ideas in foreign relations and on the Cold War in Asia. These were written with research support from such major sources as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Hunt has played a leading role in the global history program within his department at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

    Preface

    Introduction: The 1945 Watershed

    International Politics Reconfigured

       Wilson and Lenin as Rival Visionaries

       World War II and the Onset of the Cold War

       The Role of Nationalism

    A Global Economy in Transition

       The First Phase of Globalization Begins, 1870s-1914

       Globalization Reborn, 1945 to the Present

    The Colonial System on the Brink

       Vulnerabilities of Empire

       The Appearance of the "Third World"

    

PART I. HOPES AND FEARS CONTEND, 1945-1953

    

  1. The Cold War: Toward Soviet-American Confrontation

    Origins of the Rivalry

       From Cooperation to Conflict

       U.S. Policy in Transition

       Stalin's Pursuit of Territory and Security

       Stalin and the Postwar Settlement

    From Europe to the Periphery

       Drawing the Line in Europe

       The Nuclear Arms Race Accelerates

       Opening a Front in the Third World

       Limited War in Korea

    Superpower Societies in an Unquiet Time

       Soviet Society under Stress

       The U.S. Anti-Communist Consensus

    Conclusion

    

  2. The International Economy: Out of the Ruins

    Anglo-American Remedies for an Ailing System

       Keynesian Economics and a Design for Prosperity

       The Bretton Woods Agreements

    The U.S. Rescue Operation

       Occupation and Recovery in Japan

       Recovery in Western Europe

    The American Economic Powerhouse

       Good Times Return

       Disney and the U.S. Economic Edge

       "Coca-colonization" and the Mass Consumption Model

       European Resistance to "Americanization"

    Conclusion

    

  3. The Third World: First Tremors in Asia

    The Appeal of Revolution and the Strong State

       The Chinese Communist Triumph

       Vietnam's Revolutionary Struggle

    New States under Conservative Elites

       India's Status-quo Independence

       The Collaborative Impulse in the Philippines

    Conclusion

    

PART II. THE COLD WAR SYSTEM UNDER STRESS, 1953-1968

    

  4. The Cold War: A Tenuous Accommodation

    The Beginnings of Coexistence

       Khrushchev under Pressure

       Crosscurrents in American Policy

    Crisis Points

       To the Nuclear Brink in Cuba

       The Vietnam Quagmire

    The Quake of '68

       The American Epicenter

       The Ground Shifts Abroad

    Conclusion

    

  5. Abundance and Discontent in the Developed World

    America at Apogee

       Triumphant at Home and Abroad

       Warning Signs of Economic Troubles

    Recovery in Western Europe and Japan

       The Old World's New Course

       Fiat and Europe's Corporate Aristocracy

       The Second Japanese Miracle

    Voices of Discontent

       The New Environmentalism

       The Feminist Upsurge

       Critics of Global Economic Inequalities

    Conclusion

    

  6. Third World Hopes at High Tide

    Revolutionary Trajectories in East Asia

       The Maoist Experiment in China

       Vietnam's Fight for the South

    The Caribbean Basin: Between Reaction and Revolution

       Guatemala's "Ten Years of Spring"

       Cuba and the Revolution that Survived

    Decolonization at High Tide in Sub-Saharan Africa

       Ghana and Nkrumah's African Socialism

       Colonial Legacies in Ghana and Beyond

    Remaking North Africa and the Middle East

       Economic Nationalism in Iran

       A New Order for Egypt and the Region

       Colonial Crisis in Algeria

    Conclusion

    

PART III. FROM COLD WAR TO GLOBALIZATION, 1968-1991

    

  7. The Cold War comes to a Close

    The Rise and Fall of Détente

       The Nixon Policy Turnaround

       The Breshnev Era

       Western Europe and Détente

       The U.S. Retreat from Détente

    The Gorbachev Initiatives

       Glasnost, Perestroika, and a New Foreign Policy

       The Demise of the Soviet System

    Explaining the Cold War Outcome

       The Role of Leaders

       Impersonal Forces

    Conclusion

    

  8. Global Markets: One System, Three Centers

    The United States and the North American Bloc

       The Erosion of U.S. Dominance

       The Free Market Faith

    The Rise of an East Asian Bloc

       Japan Stays on Course

       The "Little Dragons" in Japan's Shadow

       Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

       Vietnam in China's Footsteps

    Revived Bloc Building in Europe

       Renewed Integration and the E.U.

       Social and Cultural Developments

       Post-'89 and the Opening to the East

    Conclusion

    

  9. Divergent Paths in the Third World

    The Changing Face of Revolution

       Cambodia's Genocidal Revolution

       Religious Challenge in Iran

       Revolutionary Aftershock in the Middle East

    Opposition to Settler Colonialism

       South African Apartheid under Siege

       Conflict over Palestine

       Repression and Resistance in Guatemala

    Dreams of Development in Disarray

       Stalemated Economies

       The Population Explosion

       Women and Development

    Conclusion

    

    Conclusion: Globalization Ascendant, The 1990s and Beyond

    The Perils and Possibilities of Globalization

       Environmental Stresses

       One World or Two?

       An Emerging International Regime

    Globalization as U.S. Hegemony?

       "The American Century"

       Playing the Global Policeman

       Resistance Abroad

    

    Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312245832
Subtitle:
1945 to the Present
Author:
Hunt, Michael H.
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Location:
Boston
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
1989-
Subject:
History, Modern - 1945-1989
Subject:
History, Modern - 1989-
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
Education-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20031110
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
495
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.50 in

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