Cold War The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991

ISBN-10: 0195078519
ISBN-13: 9780195078510
Edition: 1997
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Cold War focuses on the tumultuous relationship between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, offering a new perspective on the great rivalry between the two countries. The text examines the crystallization of the Cold War between the two superpowers following the radically divergent paths they took after 1917, highlighting the domestic politics, diplomatic maneuvers, and even the psychological factors that bound the two countries in conflict. Powaski paints a portrait of each new development and how it added to their rivalry. He looks at the Marshall Plan, the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the Berlin blockade, the formation of NATO, and the first Soviet nuclear test. Throughout, Powaski stresses the events of special interest to America, including the Vietnam War, the Arms Race, and the domestic effects of the superpower competition. He challenges students to think of the Cold War in new ways, arguing that the roots of the conflict are centuries old, going back to Czarist Russia and the very infancy of the American nation. He explains that while both Russia and America were expansionist nations, each believed it possessed a unique mission in history. Because Americans perceived the Russian government (whether Czarist or Bolshevik) as despotic and Russians saw the United States as conspiring to prevent it from reaching its goals, Soviet American relations, difficult before World War II, escalated dramatically after both nations emerged as the world's major military powers. Powaski discusses the onset of the Cold War under Truman and Stalin, its globalization under Eisenhower and Khrushchev, and the latter-day episodes of confrontation and detente. Powaski gives credit to Reagan and especially to Bush in facilitating the Soviet collapse, but also notes that internal economic failure, not outside pressure, proved decisive in the Communist failure. He also offers a clear assessment of the lasting distortions the struggle wrought upon American institutions, raising the important question of whether anyone really won the war. With clarity, fairness, and insight, Powaski offers the most comprehensive survey to date of the Cold War, exploring its origin in the early 20th century to its resolution under Gorbachev and Bush. Ideal for courses in world history and U.S. and Soviet foreign policy, this text is the definitive account of our century's longest international struggle.

Introduction: The U.S. and Czarist Russia
The U.S. and the Bolshevik Revolution, 1917-1933
F.D.R. and the Grand Alliance, 1933-1945
Truman and Containment, 1945-1953
Eisenhower and the Globalization of the Cold War, 1953-1961
Kennedy and Johnson: Confrontation and Cooperation, 1961-1969
Nixon, Ford, and Detente, 1969-1977
Carter and the Decline of Detente, 1977-1981
The Reagan Cold War, 1981-1989
George Bush and the End of the Cold War, 1989-1991
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Index

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