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The Cold War 1949–2016

3rd Edition

By Martin McCauley

© 2017 – Routledge

378 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Covering the development of the Cold War from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, The Cold War 1949–2016 explores the struggle for world domination that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union following the Second World War. The conflict between these two superpowers shaped global history for decades, and this book examines how this conflict developed into a nuclear arms race, spurred much of the wider world towards war and eventually resulted in the collapse of the Soviet empire.

In this accessible yet comprehensive volume, Martin McCauley examines not only the actions of the United States and the Soviet Union but also the effects upon and involvement of other regions such as Africa, Central America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Key themes include the Sino-Soviet relationship and the global ambitions of the newly formed People’s Republic of China, the rise and fall of communism in countries such as Cuba, Angola and Ethiopia, the US defeat in Vietnam, the gradual unravelling of the Soviet Union and the changing shape of the post–Cold War world.

Providing a wide-ranging overview of the main turning points of the conflict and illustrated throughout with photographs and maps, this is essential reading for all students of the Cold War and its lasting global impact.

Reviews

"The Cold War 1949–2016 is the most readable, comprehensive, knowledgeable narrative of the Cold War. No one can read this book without learning something new, unusual and thought-provoking."

Christopher Read, University of Warwick, UK

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of maps

Foreword

Glossary

  1. ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR
  2. The orthodox or traditional

    The revisionist

    The post- revisionist

  3. THE COLD WAR
  4. The People’s Republic of China

    The Korean War

    Eastern Europe

    Spies

    NSC-68

    Germany

    Culture

  5. TO THE BRINK AND BACK 1953-1962
  6. Lost Opportunities

    Khrushchev Takes Over

    Khrushchev and China

    Eisenhower’s New Look

    The Geneva Spirit

    Poland and Hungary in 1956

    The Berlin Crises

    The Cuban Missile Crisis

    Khrushchev Goes

    Culture

  7. THE US AND THE SOVIET UNION IN THE THIRD WORLD
  8. The Oil Weapon

    The Soviets Rediscover the Third World

    Bandung and the Non-Aligned Movement

    United States’ Interventions in the Third World

    Iran

    Iran’s Nuclear Programme

    Syria

    Egypt

    Africa

    Latin America

  9. THE SINO-SOVIET SCHISM
  10. The Moscow Conference

    Nuclear Weapons

    The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

    Conflict on the Ussuri

  11. CUBA, VIETNAM AND INDONESIA
  12. Vietnam

    Indonesia

  13. THE WAR OF CULTURES
  14. Journalism, Architecture and Sport

    Religion

  15. THE PRAGUE SPRING
  16. DÉTENTE 1969-1979
  17. The Middle East

    Ostpolitik

    Disarmament

    The Helsinki Accord

    Nixon and China

    Africa

    Ethiopia and Somalia

    The End of Détente

    Laos

    North Korea

    The Challenge of Poland

     

  18. THE ISLAMIC CHALLENGE: IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN
  19. Afghanistan

  20. CAMBODIA-KAMPUCHEA
  21.  

  22. POST-DÉTENTE 1979-1985
  23. Secret Wars

    Soviet Youth Culture

    The Third World

    The Iran-Contra Affair

    Andropov and Reagan: Missed Opportunities

    Oleg Gordievsky

    China

    The Iran-Iraq War

     

  24. GORBACHEV AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR
  25. Gorbachev and Bush

    Gorbachev and Europe: Our Common Home

    The Home Front

    Chernobyl

    The 19th Party Conference

    China

    Eastern Europe

    Poland

    Hungary

    The German Democratic Republic

    Czechoslovakia

    Bulgaria

    Albania

    Yugoslavia

    Vietnam

    Gorbachev Faces More Challenges

    The Gulf War

    Syria

    Russia Undermines the Union

    The Last Summit

    The Attempted Coup

  26. THE JUDGEMENT
  27. Why Did the Cold War Between the Superpowers Emerge in the Years to 1953?

    The Huge Increase in Military Budget

    Why Did the Cold War Come to an End?

    Domestic reasons

    External reasons

    Other reasons

    There were two main centres

    The Chinese Explanation

    Near Misses

    Graphs

    Changing Levels of Tension between the USA and the USSR during the Cold War

    Changing Levels of Tension between China and the USSR during the Cold War

    Changing Levels of Tension between the USA and China during the Cold War

  28. THE POST-COLD WAR WORLD

Russia

The Economy

Foreign Policy

Japan

The United States

China

The Crisis in the West

Religion

Women

Overview

BRICS

China in Africa

Chinese Decision Making

The Russian and American Pivot to Asia

The South China Sea

North Korea

Cuba

Addendum

Further Reading

References

Index

About the Author

Martin McCauley is a prolific author and broadcaster who has a wealth of experience in Soviet, Russian and international affairs. He was at the University of London for over 30 years, and his recent publications include Origins of the Cold War, 4th edition (2015), Russia, America and the Cold War, 2nd edition (2008), Stalin and Stalinism, 3rd edition (2008) and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (2007).

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