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Debating the Origins of the Cold War : American and Russian Perspectives - Ralph B. Levering

Debating the Origins of the Cold War

American and Russian Perspectives

Paperback Published: 28th March 2002
ISBN: 9780847694082
Number Of Pages: 208

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Debating the Origins of the Cold War examines the coming of the Cold War through Americans' and Russians' contrasting perspectives and actions. In two engaging essays, the authors demonstrate that a huge gap existed between the democratic, capitalist, and global vision of the post-World War II peace that most Americans believed in and the dictatorial, xenophobic, and regional approach that characterized Soviet policies. The authors argue that repeated failures to find mutually acceptable solutions to concrete problems led to the rapid development of the Cold War, and they conclude that, given the respective concerns and perspectives of the time, both superpowers were largely justified in their courses of action. Supplemented by primary sources, including documents detailing Soviet espionage in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s and correspondence between Premier Josef Stalin and Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov during postwar meetings, this is the first book to give equal attention to the U.S. and Soviet policies and perspectives.

The interpretative essays are thoughtful. They are judicious. They possess analytical elegance. The selection of Soviet and U.S. documents is exactly right, giving both a flavor of the times and a revealing glimpse into the quality of thought in Moscow and Washington. This first-rate book will appeal to university students and to specialists in Cold War history.--David Mayers, Boston University

The American Perspectivep. 1
The Atlantic Charter, August 14, 1941p. 65
"Comment on the Results of the Decisions Made at the Yalta Conference"p. 67
George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram," February 1946p. 69
Secretary of State James Byrnes's Speech in Stuttgart on Germany's Future, September 6, 1946p. 74
Speech by J. Edgar Hoover, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, at the Annual Convention of the American Legion in San Francisco, September 30, 1946p. 76
Henry A. Wallace's Speech in New York City, September 12, 1946p. 78
President Harry S. Truman's Speech to Congress, March 12, 1947p. 81
The Russian Perspectivep. 85
Stalin to "Politburo Four" ([Vyacheslav] Molotov, [Lavrenti] Beria, [Anastas] Mikoyan, and [Georgy] Malenkov), Ciphered [Coded] Telegram, December 9, 1945p. 155
A Compilation of [Written] Comments on Draft Treaties Regarding Demilitarization and Disarmament of Germany and Japan Proposed by [U.S. Secretary of State James] Byrnes, June 8, 1946p. 157
The [Nikolai] Novikov Report ["Telegram"]p. 160
The Minister of State Security Appeals for Measures to Close Down British Propaganda in the U.S.S.R.p. 165
Instructions for the Soviet Delegation to the Meeting of Foreign Ministers in Paris, June 25, 1947p. 167
Record of I[osef] V[issarionivich] Stalin's Conversation with the Czechoslovak Government Delegation on the Issue of Their Position Regarding the Marshall Plan and the Prospects for Economic Cooperation with the U.S.S.R.p. 169
Record of the Meeting of Comrade I[osef] V[issarionivich] Stalin with the Secretary of the Central Committee of the French Communist Party [Maurice] Thorezp. 173
Report by L. P. Beria and I. V. Kurchatov to I. V. Stalin on Preliminary Data Received during the Atomic Bomb Testp. 176
Acknowledgmentsp. 179
Selected Readingsp. 183
Indexp. 187
About the Authorsp. 199
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ISBN: 9780847694082
ISBN-10: 0847694089
Series: Debating Twentieth-Century America
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34