The Cambridge History of the Cold War: Volume 1, Origins

by Melvyn P. Leffler, Odd Arne Westad

Series: The Cambridge History of the Cold War

This volume examines the origins and early years of the Cold War. In the first comprehensive reexamination of the period, a team of leading scholars shows how the conflict evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic and sociopolitical environments of the two world wars and interwar period, and discusses how markets, ideas and cultural interactions affected political discourse, diplomacy and strategy after World War II. The chapters focus not only on the United States and the Soviet Union, but also on critical regions such as Europe, the Balkans and East Asia. The authors consider the most influential statesmen of the era and address issues that mattered to people around the globe: food, nutrition and resource allocation; ethnicity, race and religion; science and technology; national autonomy, self-determination and sovereignty. In so doing, they illuminate how people worldwide shaped the evolution of the increasingly bipolar conflict and, in turn, were ensnared by it.
  • Cambridge University Press; January 2012
  • ISBN: 9781316022634
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  • Title: The Cambridge History of the Cold War: Volume 1, Origins
  • Series: The Cambridge History of the Cold War
  • Author: Melvyn P. Leffler (ed.); Odd Arne Westad (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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Review of the set: 'There has never been a Cold War history like it; everything about it is monumental … In total, the volumes represent a successful interconnected attempt at describing the Cold War in full.' Jost Dülffer, H-Soz-u-Kult