1st Edition

An Analysis of John Lewis Gaddis's We Now Know
Rethinking Cold War History

ISBN 9781912128136
Published August 8, 2017 by Macat Library
85 Pages

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Book Description

John Lewis Gaddis had written four previous books on the Cold War by the time he published We Now Know – so the main thrust of his new work was not so much to present new arguments as to re-examine old ones in the light of new evidence that began emerging from behind the Iron Curtain after 1990. In this respect, We Now Know can be seen as an important exercise in evaluation; Gaddis not only undertook to reassess his own positions – arguing that this was the only intellectually honest course open to him in such changing circumstances – but also took the opportunity to address criticisms of his early works, not least by post-revisionist historians.

The straightforwardness and flexibility that Gaddis exhibited in consequence enhanced his book's authority. He also deployed interpretative skills to help him revise his methodology and reinterpret key historical arguments, integrating new, comparative histories of the Cold War era into his broader argument.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text 

Who was John Lewis Gaddis? 

What does We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History Say? 

Why does We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History Matter? 

Section 1: Influences 

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context  

Module 2: Academic Context  

Module 3: The Problem  

Module 4: The Author's Contribution 

Section 2: Ideas 

Module 5: Main Ideas 

Module 6: Secondary Ideas 

Module 7: Achievement  

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work  

Section 3: Impact 

Module 9: The First Responses 

Module 10: The Evolving Debate  

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today 

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms 

People Mentioned in the Text  

Works Cited

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Scott Gilfillan is a doctoral candidate in International History at the London School of Economics

Dr Jason Xidias has held positions at King’s College London and the University of California, Berkeley.