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The Atlantic and Its Enemies: A History of the Cold Warby Norman Stone
Synopses & Reviews
After World War II, the former allies were saddled with a devastated world economy and traumatized populace. Soviet influence spread insidiously from nation to nation, and the Atlantic powers—the Americans, the British, and a small band of allies—were caught flat-footed by the coups, collapsing armies, and civil wars that sprung from all sides. The Cold War had begun in earnest.
In The Atlantic and Its Enemies, prize-winning historian Norman Stone assesses the years between World War II and the collapse of the Iron Curtain. He vividly demonstrates that for every Atlantic success there seemed to be a dozen Communist or Third World triumphs. Then, suddenly and against all odds, the Atlantic won—economically, ideologically, and militarily—with astonishing speed and finality.
An elegant and path-breaking history, The Atlantic and Its Enemies is a monument to the immense suffering and conflict of the twentieth century, and an illuminating exploration of how the Atlantic triumphed over its enemies at last.
Discusses the abundance of Communist military and cultural successes during the Cold War and the sudden triumph of the British and American financial systems and ideology.
After World War II, the former allies were saddled with a devastated world economy and traumatized populace. Soviet influence spread insidiously from nation to nation, and the Atlantic powers-the Americans, the British, and a small band of allies-were cau
Table of Contents
The war of the British succession — Cold War — Marshall — The NATO system — Communism in China — The world at the death of Stalin — Khrushchev — Europe and the wider world — Europe 1958 — the sixties — Berlin-Cuba-Vietnam — America in Vietnam — Nixon in China — Unraveling — 1968: a generation — Atlantic crisis 1974-1979 — 'The British disease' — Europe: the Phoenix flops — The Kremlin consolations — Reaction — Atlantic recovery: 'Reagan and Thatcher' — Reagan — Brumaire: two coups — The eighties — Floreal — Chichikov — Restoration — 'Ending history'.
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