We Now Know Rethinking Cold War History

ISBN-10: 0198780710
ISBN-13: 9780198780717
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/9/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

The end of the Cold War makes it possible, for the first time, to begin writing its history from a truly international perspective, one reflecting Soviet, East European, and Chinese as well as American and West European viewpoints. In a major departure from his earlier scholarship, John Lewis Gaddis, the pre-eminent American authority on the United States and the Cold War, has written a comprehensive comparative history of that conflict from its origins through to its most dangerous moment, the Cuban missile crisis. We Now Know is packed with new information drawn from previously unavailable sources; it also reflects the findings of a new generation of Cold War historians. It contains striking new insights into the role of ideology, democracy, economics, alliances, and nuclear weapons, as well as major reinterpretations of Stalin, Truman, Khrushchev, Mao, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. It suggests solutions to long-standing puzzles: Did the Soviet Union want world revolution? Why was Germany divided? Who started the Korean War? What did the Americans mean by "massive retaliation"? When did the Sino-Soviet split begin? Why did the U.S.S.R. send missiles to Cuba? And what made the Cold War last as long as it did? This is a fresh, thought-provoking and powerfully argued reassessment of the Cold War by one of its most distinguished historians. It will set the agenda for debates on this subject for years to come.

John Lewis Gaddis is Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Political Science at Yale University.

Dividing the World
Cold War Empires: Europe
Cold War Empires: Asia
Nuclear Weapons and the Early Cold War
The German Question
The Third World
Economics, Ideology, and Alliance Solidarity
Nuclear Weapons and the Escalation of the Cold War
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The New Cold War History: First Impressions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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