The past half-century has seen many hopes raised and some dashed, a succession of fears and false alarms, and both triumphs and calamities that were almost entirely unexpected. This work offers a short but sweeping history of world politics since 1945: America's postwar pre-eminence and the hopes that attended the creation of the United Nations; the Cold War and the emergence of a volatile Third World; economic transformations and the twin threat of nuclear and ecological disaster; the crumbling of the Soviet system and the short-lived promise of a peaceful, prosperous and democratic new world. The author describes these momentous changes concisely in an effort to show how we got here from there and what we might have learned along the way.
Part 1 The World in 1945: The Collapse of the European System and the Shaping of a New World. Part 2 The World of the 1950s and 1960s: The Development of a Bipolar World; Bipolarism Challenged - Within the Blocs; Bipolarism Challenged - The Non-Western World; The Cold War in the 1960s; Co-operation and Conflict in the Third World. Part 3 Global Politics: Toward a Politics of Planet Earth; The Collapse of the Communist World; "The Winner". Part 4 Three Quarters of the World: The Periphery; Asia and the Pacific; The Middle East and the Persian Gulf; Africa and Latin America.