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Publisher Comments:

"A must read for all history enthusiasts. Through her clear prose and many years of research and expertise on the subject, Carole Fink brings refreshing new perspectives to the Cold War."

István Deák, Columbia University

"Carole Fink, a prominent and prolific historian, manages to break new ground in her book by placing the history of the Cold War in a chronologically and geographically enlarged context. She presents this complex material in an easily comprehensible format."

Peter Kenez, University of California, Santa Cruz

“A magnificent narrative of the Cold War from a global perspective. This is unsurprising, given Carole Finks reputation for combining breadth of vision with meticulous transnational research. She has so clearly, gracefully and insightfully covered the crucial elements of the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the West, making this a superb account of the Cold War."

John Whiteclay Chambers II, Rutgers University

More than a bipolar conflict between two Superpowers, the decades-long Cold War had implications for the entire world. In this accessible, comprehensive retelling, Carole K. Fink provides new insights and perspectives on key events with an emphasis on people, power, and ideas, along with cultural coverage “from the Beetle to the Beatles.” Cold War goes beyond US-USSR relations to explore the Cold War from an international perspective, including key events and developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fink also offers a broader time line of the Cold War than any other text, charting the lead-up to the conflict with the Russian Revolution and World War II and discussing the aftermath of the Cold War since 1992. Based on the latest research and scholarship, Cold War is the consummate book on this lengthy and complex conflict for todays students and history buffs.

Carole K. Fink is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at The Ohio State University. She is an award-winning author, editor, and translator of 12 books, including Defending the Rights of Others, The Genoa Conference, and Marc Bloch: A Life in History, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, most recently from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, the German Marshall Fund, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Review:

"The long duel between the U.S. and the Soviet Union emerges in a broad context in this insightful history of the Cold War. Fink (The Genoa Conference), professor emerita of history at the Ohio State University, grounds the book in a perspicacious review of Soviet international relations from 1917 onwards and a deft analysis of how wrangling over the fate of Germany and Eastern Europe during and after WWII laid the foundations for the coming rivalry. Her brisk narrative surveys important flashpoints of the Cold War, from the Berlin Airlift through the 1989 collapse of Soviet communism, and delineates its underlying shape as direct confrontation between Americans, Russians, and Chinese in Europe, Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam gave way to wary policies of coexistence and détente. She shows how the antagonism, while easing somewhat, also took on a life of its own as it subsumed quarrels between Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, or Guatemalan landlords and peasants; local conflicts the world over, she notes, entangled almost against their will two superpowers 'still trapped by Cold War reflexes to seek advantage wherever possible.' Fink's crisp, lucid prose and judicious, even-handed assessments impart a coherent arc to complex events; students especially will find this an invaluable introduction to a watershed era of modern history." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Fink deftly tells the story of the Cold War expanded beyond bi-polar antagonism between the US and the USSR, bringing global aspects of the conflict to the fore.

Synopsis:

Cold War is the first new book on the Cold War in many years. It looks beyond the US and USSR and treats the conflict from a global perspective, providing new insights and perspectives on key events and important cultural coverage.

 

Synopsis:

Cold War looks beyond US-USSR relations and explores the Cold War from an international perspective.

Synopsis:

More than a bipolar conflict between two Superpowers, the decades-long Cold War had implications for the entire world. In this accessible, comprehensive retelling, Carole K. Fink provides new insights and perspectives on key events with an emphasis on people, power, and ideas, along with cultural coverage “from the Beetle to the Beatles.” Cold War goes beyond US-USSR relations to explore the Cold War from an international perspective, including key events and developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fink also offers a broader time line of the Cold War than any other text, charting the lead-up to the conflict with the Russian Revolution and World War II and discussing the aftermath of the Cold War since 1992. Based on the latest research and scholarship, Cold War is the consummate book on this lengthy and complex conflict for todays students and history buffs.

About the Author

Carole K. Fink (Ph.D. Yale) is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History (Emerita) at Ohio State University. She has written or edited 10 books. Her edited book, Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938 (Cambridge, 2004; paperback, 2006), won both the George Louis Beer Prize for Best Book in European International History from the American Historical Association,, and the Akira Ariye Prize for Best Book in International History from the Foundation for Pacific Quest. She authored The Genoa Conference: European Diplomacy, 1921-22 (Chapel Hill, 1984; paperback 1993), which also won the George Louis Beer Prize. In 2007, Fink won Ohio States Distinguished Scholar Award. She has been the recipient of fellowships from numerous groups, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (2004), Fulbright Foundation (2004), German Marshall Fund (2001), Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton (1999), Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (1994), National Endowment for the Humanities (1990-91), Fulbright Foundation (1991), American Philosophical Society (1990), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1990, 1986), American Council of Learned Societies (1990, 1985), and the American Association of University Women (1982).

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: Prelude: Soviet Russia and the West, 1917-1941 

Chapter Two: The Grand Alliance, 1941-1945  

Chapter Three: Cold War, 1949-52  

Chapter Four: The Widening Conflict, 1953-1964  

Chapter Five: The ‘Sixties 

Chapter Six: Détente, 1969-1975 

Chapter Seven: Détente Collapses, 1975-1980 

Chapter Eight: The Second Cold War, 1981-1985 

Chapter Nine: The End of the Cold War, 1986-1991 

Chapter Ten: Aftermath, 1992-2001

Conclusion

List of Individuals

Bibliography

Index    

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813347950
Author:
Fink, Carole K.
Publisher:
Westview Press
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The long duel between the U.S. and the Soviet Union emerges in a broad context in this insightful history of the Cold War. Fink (The Genoa Conference), professor emerita of history at the Ohio State University, grounds the book in a perspicacious review of Soviet international relations from 1917 onwards and a deft analysis of how wrangling over the fate of Germany and Eastern Europe during and after WWII laid the foundations for the coming rivalry. Her brisk narrative surveys important flashpoints of the Cold War, from the Berlin Airlift through the 1989 collapse of Soviet communism, and delineates its underlying shape as direct confrontation between Americans, Russians, and Chinese in Europe, Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam gave way to wary policies of coexistence and détente. She shows how the antagonism, while easing somewhat, also took on a life of its own as it subsumed quarrels between Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, or Guatemalan landlords and peasants; local conflicts the world over, she notes, entangled almost against their will two superpowers 'still trapped by Cold War reflexes to seek advantage wherever possible.' Fink's crisp, lucid prose and judicious, even-handed assessments impart a coherent arc to complex events; students especially will find this an invaluable introduction to a watershed era of modern history." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Fink deftly tells the story of the Cold War expanded beyond bi-polar antagonism between the US and the USSR, bringing global aspects of the conflict to the fore.
"Synopsis" by ,
Cold War is the first new book on the Cold War in many years. It looks beyond the US and USSR and treats the conflict from a global perspective, providing new insights and perspectives on key events and important cultural coverage.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Cold War looks beyond US-USSR relations and explores the Cold War from an international perspective.
"Synopsis" by ,
More than a bipolar conflict between two Superpowers, the decades-long Cold War had implications for the entire world. In this accessible, comprehensive retelling, Carole K. Fink provides new insights and perspectives on key events with an emphasis on people, power, and ideas, along with cultural coverage “from the Beetle to the Beatles.” Cold War goes beyond US-USSR relations to explore the Cold War from an international perspective, including key events and developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fink also offers a broader time line of the Cold War than any other text, charting the lead-up to the conflict with the Russian Revolution and World War II and discussing the aftermath of the Cold War since 1992. Based on the latest research and scholarship, Cold War is the consummate book on this lengthy and complex conflict for todays students and history buffs.
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