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The world since 1945 has witnessed fundamental changes, notably the increasing influence of the West—particularly the United States—in a variety of spheres, the emergence and collapse of the USSR, the end of colonial empires in Asia and Africa, and the escalation of wars and other conflicts in the Third World. In this brilliantly incisive and highly readable third edition to his survey, T. E. Vadney examines the key events—in Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere—without ever neglecting the underlying global trends. Vadney explores the rapid changes in the Middle East, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the aims of American foreign policy, concluding with a new Epilogue in which he examines the direction of post-1945 history as the world enters the twenty-first century.


Since 1945 the world has witnessed fundamental changes, notably the influence of the West, the emergence and collapse of the USSR, and the escalation of wars and other conflicts in the Third World. This survey examines the key events without ever neglecting the underlying trends.


Revised and updated edition of this complete history of global change from 1945 to the present day.


Includes bibliographical references (p. [557]-566) and index.

About the Author

T. E. Vadney is Professor of History at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Table of Contents

List of Maps


1. The Origins of the Post-1945 World

The Soviet Union and the Coming of War

East-West Relations

The German Problem

The German Sweep

The Americans

The Far East

The European War and the Question of a Second Front

The War in Asia and the Pacific



The Balance of Power

2. The United States as a Global Power

The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe


Soviet Expansionism and the West

The United States and the Eastern Bloc

Contested Areas

The Cold War and the Bomb

The United States and the Western Bloc

The Marshall Plan

America and the Enemy States: Japan; Germany

NATO and American Leadership

3. The Third World: Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism and Revolution

The West and the Third World

The Second World War and Anti-Colonialism

The Soviet Union and the Third World

Colonialism If Possible

Independence If Necessary


The Spectre of Revolution: China: The Chinese Communists; Civil War; The Impact of Japan and the Second World War; To 1949

The Arab-Israeli Crisis

4. Asia in Crisis

The Far East and Korea: The Origins of the War; The Course of the War

Vietnam: The French; Vietnamese Nationalism; The Return of the French; Dien Bien Phu and the Americans; The Geneva Conference


The People's Republic of China: Reconstruction; The Transition to Socialism; The First Five Year Plan; The Hundred Flowers; The Great Leap Forward; The Restoration of the 'Bureaucrats'; The Sino-Soviet Split

5. The Alliances

The Satellites After 1945

The End of the Stalin Era

The Succession

The Spectre of Revolution

De-Stalinization: Poland; Hungary; Albania

The Atlantic Alliance

European Integration and German Rearmament

Competition in the Third World: Iran: The Plot to Restore the Shah

The Russians and the Third World: Suez

6. Decolonization in Africa

The Maghrib: The War in Algeria; DeGaulle and the Fifth Republic; Independent Algeria

South of the Sahara: British West Africa; British East Africa; The French Colonies

The Other Empires: The Congo

The Future

7. A Neo-Colonial World: Latin America

The Neo-Colonial Era

Argentina and Juan Peron

The United States and Hemispheric Security

Counter-Revolution: Guatemala

Revolution: Cuba: The Revolution in Action; To the Bay of Pigs; The Missile Crisis; The Aftermath

8. The Wars in Indo-China



Managing the Crisis

The Buddhists

The Assassination

The Americanization of the War





The War in Cambodia


Peace for America


9. Asia's Great Powers

The Cultural Revolution: The Shanghai People's Commune; The Fall of Lin; The Return of Deng; The Post-Mao Era

Japan Redivivus: Behind the 'Miracle'; The Nixon 'Shocks'

The 'Miracle' in South Korea

A Comparison

The Coup in Indonesia: East Timor and Irian Jaya

A Note on South Asia

10. The Developed Centres

America Left and Right: 'Fordism'; Civil Rights; The Anti-War Movement; The 'Sunbelt'; Setbacks Abroad; The Rise of the Militant Right; Politics: Nixon to Reagan

The Contradictions of Post-Revolutionary Society: The People; Czechoslovakia; Poland; Solidarity


The Arms Race: Arms Control; Proliferation

11. The Superpowers and the Third World: The Middle East and Latin America

The Arab-Israeli Crisis After Suez: The 1967 War; Stalemate; The PLO and Jordan; Sadat; The 1973 War; Truce; The PLO and Lebanon; Camp David; Retreat

Allende's Chile: The Rise of the Left; Decline and Fall

A Note on Argentina and the Generals

El Salvador


A Note on Jamaica

12. The End of the Twentieth Century

The Fall of the Soviet Union and the End of the Cold War: Poland; Repercussions; Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia

Tiananmen Square

The Developed West

Southern Africa: Colonialism, Revolution, Disintegration

Internal Colonialism: The Republic of South Africa: The 'End' of Apartheid

The Shah and the Ayatollah

Afghanistan and the Soviet Invasion

South-East Asia: Cambodia and Pol Pot; The Repercussions of War

Central America and the Caribbean

The Persian Gulf and the 'New World Order'


Bibliographical Note

Chronological Table



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DANE, July 20, 2014 (view all comments by DANE)
A true example of big things in small packages. This isn't a new book so you won't find events from the past 20 years in it BUT if you're wanting to get up to speed on 20th century history in general, look no further. "The World Since 1945" is incredibly well-researched and unlike most history books, it doesn't focus on only North America and Europe. Instead, it reviews key historic events from all over the world. The fact the book is still being used by university professors today shows what a quality piece of work it is.
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New Edition
Vadney, T. E.
Vadney, T. E.
Vadney, Thomas E.
Penguin Books
London :
History, modern
Modern - 20th Century
General History
Edition Number:
3rd ed.
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.77x5.11x.98 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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