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World Politics since 1945

9th Edition

By Peter Calvocoressi

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856 pages

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“The most lucid, comprehensive, intelligent and reliable account of post-war modern history on the market.” Teaching Politics

“The book compels admiration for its thoroughness, its scope, the masterly ordering of its immense material.” The Sunday Times

The ninth edition of this enormously successful standard work has been expanded to take into account the developments of the last 10 years, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan; the accelerating emergence of India and China as major powers; the major political developments in Latin America, including the rise and perhaps fall of Chavez in Venezuela; the march of globalisation and the popular protest movements against; the expansion eastwards of the European Union; instability in the Middle East and the question of oil and energy supply.

Marked throughout by Calvocoressi’s characteristic erudition and elegance, World Politics since 1945 is essential reading for those who need to understand the great sweeps of contemporary history

Table of Contents

World Politics Since 1945

Peter Calvocoressi

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART ONE: THE COLD WAR

1 The Cold War

Beginnings

The division of Germany

Nato and the Soviet empire to the Cuban crisis

The arms race

The perplexities of the United States

The disintegration of the USSR

The limits of superpower

PART TWO: THE FAR EAST

2 Japan

3 China

The triumph of Mao

China and the superpowers

Resurrection

Xinjiang and Tibet

4 Korea

PART THREE: EUROPE REMODELLED

5 Western Europe

Recovery

Franco-German entente

Britain on the edge

European Union (west)

European Union (east – west)

The southern flank

6 Central and eastern Europe

Stalin’s empire

After Stalin

End of empire

7 Yugoslavia and Albania

Federated Yugoslavia

Dissolution: Serbs, Croats and Slovenes

Partition: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Kosovo

Macedonia and Albania

Notes A Northern Ireland

B The Basques

C Cyprus

PART FOUR: THE MIDDLE EAST

8 Islam

9 Turkey

10 The Arabs and Israel to the Suez War

The creation of Israel

Arab revolutions

The Suez War

11 From Suez to the death of Nasser

Reassessments

The decline of Nasser and the Six-Day War

12 The destruction of Lebanon

The Yom Kippur War

Civil war

Camp David

Israel’s invasion of Lebanon

13 Towards a Palestinian State

King Hussein’s diplomacy

Israel’s dilemma

14 Iran and Gulf Wars

Oil and nationalism

The shah and the ayatollah

Saddam Hussein

Kuwait and the Gulf War

The destruction of Iraq

15 The Arabian Peninsula

The Saudi kingdom

The southern fringe

Britain and the Persian Gulf

Notes A The Kurds

B The Shi’ites

C Sectarian violence

PART FIVE: SOUTH ASIA

16 The Indian subcontinent

The first partition

Northern borders: Tibet, Kashmir, the Himalayan states

The second partition

17 The Indo-Chinese peninsula

18 South-east Asia and ASEAN

19 Afghanistan

Notes A Central Asia

B Sri Lanka

PART SIX: AFRICA

20 General

21 North Africa

The Maghrib

Libya and Chad

22 West Africa

Independence

The coastal loop from Senegal to Benin

Landlocked: Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger

Nigeria

23 Central Africa

Congo-Zaire-Congo

Rwanda and Burundi

West Central Africa

24 East Africa

Sudan

Darfur

The Horn

Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya

25 Africa’s deep south

The legacy of Cecil Rhodes

Mozambique-Angola-Namibia

South Africa

26 Russians, Cubans, Chinese

Notes A The Malagasy Republic and the Indian Ocean

B Botswana, Lesotho, Ngwane

C The Homelands or Bantustans

PART SEVEN: LATIN AMERICA

27 South America

General

28 Central America

29 Cuba and the Caribbean

Note Guyana and Surinam

PART EIGHT: WORLD ORDER

30 World Order

Preventing wars

Preventing economic disasters

Neutralism and realignment

Poverty

Notes A Canada

B Very small states

C The Poles

D The law of the sea

APPENDIX: THE SOVEREIGN STATE

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General