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The Long Peace : Inquiries into the History of the Cold War - John Lewis Gaddis

The Long Peace

Inquiries into the History of the Cold War

Paperback Published: 2nd February 1989
ISBN: 9780195043358
Number Of Pages: 352

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How has it happened that the United States and the Soviet Union have managed to get through more than four decades of Cold War confrontation without going to war with one another? Historian John Lewis Gaddis suggests answer to this and other vital questions about post-war diplomacy in this new book. Gaddis uses recently declassified American and British documents to explore several key issues in Cold War history that remain unresolved: Precisely what itwas about the Soviet Union's behaviour after World War II that American leaders found so threatening? Whether the United States really wanted a sphere of influence in post-war Europe? What led the Truman administration first to endorse, but then immediately to avoid American military involvement on the mainland of Asia? This is a provocative exercise in contemporary history, certain to generate new insights on both past and present aspects of the age we live in.

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"Coherent, learned, well written--and a reminder of just how changeable are the passions kindled by nuclear deterrence....[Gaddis is] an intelligent historian, and he combines theoretical reflection with a deep knowledge of the massive American archives....[These essays] constitute a unified history of the Cold War."--The New York Times Book Review "With his customary insight and care, John Gaddis gives us important and illuminating essays that deepen and alter our understanding of Soviet-American relations."--Robert Jervis, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University "A sophisticated addition to the Cold War literature."--Booklist "Gaddis raises some interesting and timely questions....Provocative and well-argued."--Library Journal "A fresh slant on the history of the Cold War."--Cultural Information Service "Gaddis writes superbly well, no mean task when mixing narrative, analysis, personal reflection and advocacy....He asks questions that go to the heart of the matter; he offers subtle, skeptical answers clearly open to continuing debate."--The Washington Post Book World "Few are more qualified to analyze the "long peace" than John Lewis Gaddis....[He makes] a case for the relative stability of the international order. In so doing, he offers an interpretation as insightful as it is provocative."--St. Petersburg Times "A distinguished historian of post-1945 international relations presents eight substantial, thoroughly researched essays on the overall theme of the war the United States and the Soviet Union have managed to avoid with each other."--Foreign Affairs "A collection of well-wrought and insightful essays."--The New Republic "Together, these essays...form a comprehensive and perceptive statement that scholars and politicians alike ought not to ignore."--American Studies International "[These essays] are uniformly well-written and stylishly crafted....[Gaddis] is a delight to read....By asking a different set of questions, by identifying new areas to investigate, and by taking virtually nothing as a given, Gaddis has forced all historians to examine and reexamine existing arguments and evidence."--Diplomatic History "Provides essential historical perspective and keen insight on the troubled era of the Cold War."--Alexander L. George, Stanford University

The Long Peacep. i
Prefacep. vii
Legacies: Russian-American Relations before the Cold Warp. 3
The Insecurities of Victory: the United States and the Perception of the Soviet Threat after World War IIp. 20
Spheres of Influences: the United States and Europe, 1945-1949p. 48
Drawing Lines: the Defensive Perimeter Strategy in East Asia, 1947-1951p. 72
The Origins of Self-Deterrence: the United States and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons, 1945-1958p. 104
Dividing Adversaries: the United States and International Communism, 1945-1958p. 147
Learning to Live with Transparency: the Emergence of a Reconnaissance Satellite Regimep. 195
The Long Peace: Elements of Stability in the Postwar International Systemp. 215
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9780195043358
ISBN-10: 0195043359
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd February 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.35 x 13.59  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.31