For the Soul of Mankind The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War

ISBN-10: 0374531420

ISBN-13: 9780374531423

Edition: 2008

Authors: Melvyn P. Leffler

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0;A highly relevant and much-needed historical study . . . One of the best books on the period to have been written.1; -The Economist To the amazement of the public, pundits, and even the policymakers themselves, the ideological and political conflict that endangered the world for half a century came to an end in 1990. How did that happen? What had caused the cold war in the first place, and why did it last as long as it did? To answer these questions, Melvyn P. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes when American and Soviet leaders considered modulating, avoiding, or ending hostilities and asks why they failed. He then illuminates how Reagan, Bush, and, above all, Gorbachev finally extricated themselves from the policies and mind-sets that had imprisoned their predecessors, and were able to reconfigure Soviet-American relations after decades of confrontation.
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-48: Stalin and Truman
Stalin the Revolutionary
Stalin in World War II
Stalin and Truman
International Anarchy
Politics at Home
Allies and Clients
Ideology, Personality, and the International System
The Chance for Peace, 1953-54: Malenkov and Eisenhower
Stalin's Death
Eisenhower's Response
Turmoil in the Kremlin
A Chance for Peace?
Arms Control, Germany, and Indochina
Fear and Power
Retreat from Armageddon, 1962-65: Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Johnson
At the Brink
Khrushchev's Retreat
Kennedy Bides His Time
Give Peace a Chance
Starting Anew and Ending Abruptly
Johnson's Agonies and Choices
From Armageddon Back to Cold War
The Erosion of Detente, 1975-80: Brezhnev and Carter
Brezhnev and Detente
A New Face in Washington, an Old One in Moscow
Clients, Hegemons, and Allies
The China Card
Iran and Afghanistan
The Vienna Summit
Nicaragua and Afghanistan
The End of Detente
The End of the Cold War, 1985-90: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Bush
Morning in America
Twilight in Moscow
Arms Reductions
The Troops Come Out
New Thinking, Old Thinking
The Wall Comes Down
Two Countries Become One
Gorbachev, Reagan, and Bush
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