The Cold War offers a brief but detailed treatment of one of the most complex eras of the 20th Century.
In this fully revised second edition, J.P.D. Dunbabin, drawing on international scholarship and using much new material from communist sources, describes a world in which covert operations could be as important as outright diplomacy, 'soft' power as influential as 'hard', and in which competing ideologies ruled the hearts as much as the heads of the leaders in power.
Dunbabin’s account is global in scope, taking into account the importance of players beyond the superpowers, and shedding light on the proxy conflicts such as those in Africa and the Middle East that, if not caused by the continuing stalemate between the great powers, were used as weapons within it.
PART ONE: OVERVIEW
1. The Cold war: An Overview
2. The Strategic Dimension of East-West competition
PART TWO: EAST-WEST RELATIONS 1945-1991
3. The Start of the Cold War
4. The Nadir of the Cold War
5. The Kruschev Years Detentes, Challenges, Crises
6. The Vietnam War and Other Proxy Conflicts of the 1960s and 1970s
7. Détente in Europe
8. The United States, China and the World
9. The rise and fall of Détente in the 1960s and 1970s
10. Tension and the ending of the Cold war in the 1980s
PART THREE: EUROPE WEST AND EAST AND THE SINO-SOCIET SPLIT
11. Western Europe I: The Political Order
12. Western Europe II: France, Germany, Britain, and the USA
13. Western Europe III: The European Union
14. Splits in the Communist World
15. Eastern Europe since 1957
PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
16. Perspectives on the Cold War and its Aftermath