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The Cold War : An International History 1947-1991 - S Ball

The Cold War

An International History 1947-1991

By: S Ball

Paperback Published: 31st October 1997
ISBN: 9780340591680
Number Of Pages: 272

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This study provides a fresh assessment of the entire course of the Cold War based on insights into the structure of postwar politics revealed by the collapse of the Soviet Union. It draws on newly-released material and scholarly research from both the West and from former Communist states. The authors argue that the Cold War can only be understood by exploring the interplay between ideology, domestic politics and military security, not only in the United States and the Soviet Union, but in other countries with a capacity for significant military and political action. The book ranges from Europe to Asia and Latin America, examining the Cold War policies of the key powers from their own perspective. Finally, it examines long-term trends; it explores the initial dynamism of national Communism and the reasons for its eventual decay as a force in international politics. It also suggests why the USA's long-term global strategy, first developed in the 1950s, brought it disaster in the 1960s, but also eventual victory over the Soviet Union.

"The author displays extensive knowledge and sound judgment of the policies of nations whose histories are so rich and complex that many historians could spend a lifetime of study before uttering the kind of sensible pronouncements that Ball repeatedly makes....[A] valuable contribution to the Cold War corpus, as a reference text, as a possible course textbook, and as a model for all bold enough to write about international history." --Canadian Journal of History

"By writing a useful, judicious overview of the cold war from a multipolar perspective, Ball has made a valuable contribution to the literature." --The International History Review

The search for preponderance 1947-1952
Theories of victory 1953-1962
The balance of power 1963-1972
A system under stress 1973-1984
The end of the cold war 1985-1991
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ISBN: 9780340591680
ISBN-10: 0340591684
Series: Contemporary History Series
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1