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Origins of the Cold War

An International History, 2nd Edition

By Melvyn leffler

Edited by Melvyn P. Leffler, David S. Painter


368 pages

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The Cold War dominated the world political arena for forty-five years. Focusing on the international system and on events in all parts of the globe, Melvyn P. Leffler and David S. Painter have brought together a truly international collection of articles that provide a fresh and comprehensive analysis of the origins of the Cold War.

Moving beyond earlier controversies, this edited collection focuses on the interaction between geopolitics and threat perception, technology and strategy, ideology and social reconstruction, national economic reform and patterns of international trade, and decolonization and national liberation. The editors also consider how and why the Cold War spread from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and how groups, classes and elites used the Cold War to further their own interests.

This second edition includes the newest research from the Communist side of the Cold War and the most recent debates on culture, race and the role of intelligence analysis. Also included is a completely new section dealing with the Cold War crises in Iran, Turkey and Greece and a guide to further reading.


'An excellent collection, which offers works with which students would be unfamiliar. The articles demonstrate a real commitment to international history.' - Robert L. Beisner, The American University, Washington DC

'A fresh collection of stimulating and impressive essays. This book will be of great value not only to students of the subject but to those teaching.' - John A. Thompson, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

Introduction: The International System and the Origins of the Cold War David S. Painter and Melvyn P. Leffler Part 1: Soviet and American Strategy and Diplomacy 1. National Security and US Foreign Policy Melvyn P. Leffler 2. Stalin and Soviet Foreign Policy Geoffrey Roberts 3. The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War Martin J. Sherwin 4. Stalin and the Bomb David Holloway Part 2: Three Cold War Crises: Iran, Turkey and Greece 5. The Iranian Crisis of 1946 and the Origins of the Cold War Fernande Scheid Raine 6. The Turkish War Scare of 1946 Eduard Mark 7. The Greek Civil War Thanasis D. Sfikas Part 3: Europe and the Cold War 8. British Policy and the Origins of the Cold War John Kent 9. The European Dimension of the Cold War David Reynolds 10. The Russians in Germany Norman Naimark 11. Communism in Bulgaria Vesselin Dimitriov 12. Stalin and the Italian Communists Silvio Pons 13. Hegemony and Autonomy Within the Western Alliance Charles S. Maier Part 4: The Cold War in Asia, Africa and Latin America 14. From the Marshall Plan to the Third World Robert E. Wood 15. Revolutionary Movements in Asia and the Cold War Michael H. Hunt 16. Stalin and the Korean WarKathryn Weathersby 17. Mao and Sino-American Relations Chen Jian 18. The Impact of the Cold War on Latin America Leslie Bethell and Ian Roxborough 19. The United States, the Cold War and the Color Line Thomas Borstelmann. Epilogue: The End of the Cold War David S. Painter and Melvyn P. Leffler

About the Series

Rewriting Histories

Rewriting Histories focuses on historical themes where standard conclusions are facing a major challenge. Each book presents ten to fifteen papers (edited and annotated where necessary) at the forefront of current research and interpretation, offering students an accessible way to engage with contemporary debates.

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HISTORY / General