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The Last Decade of the Cold War : From Conflict Escalation to Conflict Transformation - Olav Njolstad

The Last Decade of the Cold War

From Conflict Escalation to Conflict Transformation

By: Olav Njolstad (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th April 2004
ISBN: 9780714685397
Number Of Pages: 435

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The 1980s witnessed one of the most dramatic and far-reaching transformations of world politics in modern times. Not only did the Cold War end with the unexpected collapse of one-party communist rule in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but the early 1980s was also a period of almost unprecedented rivalry and tension between the two main actors in the East--West conflict, the United States and the Soviet Union. Why and how that conflict first escalated and thereafter, in an amazingly swift process, was reversed and brought to its peaceful conclusion at the end of the decade, is the topic of this volume.
With individual contributions by 18 well-known scholars of international relations and history from various countries, the book addresses the role of the United States, the former Soviet Union, and the countries of western and eastern Europe in that remarkable last decade of the Cold War, and discusses how particular events as well as underlying political, ideological, social, and economic factors may have contributed to the remarkable transformation that took place.
Like the previous books in the Cass series on Cold War History, this work will be essential reading for students of international relations and contemporary history, and will also appeal to political commentators and the informed general reader.

Introduction : the Cold War in the 1980s
The 1980s in historical context
The 1980s revisited or the Cold War as history - againp. 3
The beginning and the end : time, context and the Cold Warp. 29
The European role at the beginning and particularly the end of the Cold Warp. 60
Explaining the shift in Soviet thinking and policy
Economic constraints and the turn towards superpower cooperation in the 1980sp. 83
Explaining the end of the Cold War : turning points in Soviet security policyp. 118
The sources of 'new thinking' in Soviet politicsp. 135
The messianic character of Gorbachev's 'new thinking' : why and what for?p. 159
The United States and the ending of the Cold War
The US role in winding down the Cold War, 1980-90p. 179
The Carter legacy : entering the second era of the Cold Warp. 196
The United States and the transformation of the Cold Warp. 226
Reagan's anti-revolutionary offensive in the third worldp. 241
Europe in the last decade of the Cold War
Germany in the last decade of the Cold Warp. 265
Before the wall : French diplomacy and the last decade of the Cold War, 1979-89p. 288
Helping to open the door? : Britain in the last decade of the Cold Warp. 317
Italy and the battle of the euromissiles : the deployment of the US BGM-109 G 'gryphon', 1979-83p. 332
NATO's northern frontline in the 1980sp. 360
Playground of superpowers, Poland 1980-89 : a view from insidep. 372
Did Gorbachev liberate Eastern Europe?p. 402
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ISBN: 9780714685397
ISBN-10: 0714685399
Series: Cass Series--Cold War History,
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 435
Published: 8th April 2004
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.95  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1