Constructed Peace The Making of the European Settlement, 1945-1963

ISBN-10: 0691002738

ISBN-13: 9780691002736

Edition: 1999

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People still think of the Cold War as a simple two-sided conflict, a kind of gigantic arm wrestle on a global scale," writes Marc Trachtenberg, "but this view fails to grasp the essence of what was really going on." America and Russia were both willing to live with the status quo in Europe. What then could have generated the kind of conflict that might have led to a nuclear holocaust? This is the great puzzle of the Cold War, and in this book, the product of nearly twenty years of work, Trachtenberg tries to solve it. The answer, he says, has to do with the German question, especially with the German nuclear question. These issues lay at the heart of the Cold War, and a relatively stable peace took shape only when they were resolved. The book develops this argument by telling a story--a complex story involving many issues of detail, but focusing always on the central question of how a stable international system came into being during the Cold War period. A Constructed Peace will be of interest not just to students of the Cold War, but to people concerned with the problem of war and peace, and in particular with the question of how a stable international order can be constructed, even in our own day.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Marc Trachtenberg is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include "A Constructed Peace" and "The Craft of International History" (both Princeton).

Preface
Abbreviations
The Division of Europe
A Spheres of Influence Peace?
Toward the Rubicon
The Test of Strength
The Nato System
The Making of the NATO System
Eisenhower and Nuclear Sharing
An Alliance in Disarray
The Cold War Peace
The Politics of the Berlin Crisis, 1958-1960
Kennedy, NATO, and Berlin
A Settlement Takes Shape
Sources and Bibliography
Index
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