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The Cuban Missile Crisis A Concise History

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ISBN13:

9780195178609

ISBN10:
0195178602
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/13/2006
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

In The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History, Don Munton and David A. Welch distill the best current scholarship on the Cuban missile crisis into a brief narrative history. The authors draw on newly available documents to provide a comprehensive treatment of its causes, events, consequences, and significance. Stressing the importance of context in relation to the genesis, conduct, and resolution of the crisis, Munton and Welch examine it from the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban angles, revealing the vital role differences in national perspectives played at every stage. While the book provides a concise, up-to-date look at this pivotal event, it also notes gaps and mysteries in the historical record and highlights important persistent interpretive disputes. The authors provide a detailed guide to the literature and film for those who wish to explore further. The Cuban Missile Crisis is ideal for undergraduate courses on the 1960s, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, twentieth-century world history, and comparative foreign policy.

Author Biography

Don Munton is Professor and Chair of International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia David A. Welch is Professor of Political Science and George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
List of Acronyms xi
Dramatis Personae (and Positions in October 1962) xiii
Introduction: The REAL Thirteen Days? 1(6)
Chapter 1 Background to the Crisis 7(25)
US-Cuban Relations in Historical Perspective
9(7)
The Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose
16(4)
The Soviet Decision to Deploy
20(12)
Chapter 2 Deployment and Discovery 32(16)
Details of the Deployment
33(7)
The Intelligence Game of Cat and Mouse
40(2)
Warnings too Late
42(4)
On the Eve of Crisis
46(2)
Chapter 3 From Discovery to Blockade 48(13)
The Storm Before the Calm
50(4)
Narrowing the Options
54(3)
Decision: The Calm Before the Storm
57(4)
Chapter 4 The Perfect Storm 61(23)
The Speech
62(4)
Carrots and Sticks
66(6)
Khrushchev and Kennedy Waver
72(1)
The Crisis Heats Up
73(6)
The Dobrynin Meeting
79(1)
Climax and Resolution
80(4)
Chapter 5 Aftermath 84(12)
Removing the Missiles from Cuba
84(4)
The Cuban Bomber Crisis
88(5)
The Domestic and International Public Reaction
93(1)
Steps Toward Détente: The Hot Line and Test Ban
94(2)
Conclusion 96(8)
Bibliographic Essay 104(9)
Early Treatments of the Crisis
104(1)
The Second Wave: "Critical Oral History"
105(1)
Recent Accounts
106(1)
Background and History
107(2)
Aftermath
109(1)
Document Collections and Websites
109(1)
Film
110(3)
Index 113


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