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In International Relations Since the End of the Cold War many of the world's leading historians and historically oriented political scientists deal with the Cold War legacy and many of the new issues that have emerged since the end of the Cold War. Stewart Patrick sums up the most important developments in the post-Cold War world. John Oneal and John Mueller discuss the relationship between democracy and peace and what came first, democracy or peace. Melvyn Leffler, Jeremi Suri, and Vladimir O. Pechatnov take up the Cold War legacy as it relates to the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia. Odd Arne Westad reviews the relationship between the end of the Cold War and the end of the Third World. David Holloway and Olav Njolstad handle the role of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War world. Paying special attention to the role of the old and new superpowers, with chapters on the United States (Jussi Hanhimaki), Russia (Vladislav Zubok), the European Union (Frederic Bozo), and China (Michael Cox and Chen Jian.) The chapters see the United States and China as the leading powers, but differ considerably on the respective roles of the two leading powers. In the introduction, the editor, Geir Lundestad, discusses the post-Cold War years as a historical period compared to earlier periods in modern history; in the conclusion he speculates on what might be some dominant developments in the future.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction: The Past, Geir Lundestad The International Level 2. The Evolving Structure of World Politics, 1991-2011, Stewart Patrick 3. From Realism to the Liberal Peace: Twenty Years of Research on the Causes of War, John Oneal 4. War, Democracy, and Peace, John Mueller The Cold War Legacy 5. Victory: The 'State,' the 'West,' and the Cold War, Melvyn P. Leffler 6. The United States and the Cold War: Four Ideas that Shaped the Late Twentieth Century, Jeremi Suri 7. The Cold War and its Legacy, Vladimir O. Pechatnov 8. Two Finales: How the End of the Third World and the End of the Cold War are Linked, Odd Arne Westad The Role of Nuclear Weapons 9. Nuclear Weapons and International Relations since the End of the Cold War, David Holloway 10. The Development of the Arms Race and How We Think About It, Olav Njolstad Old and New Superpowers 11. Between Primacy and Decline: Redefining America's Role in the Post-Cold War World, Jussi M. Hanhimaki 12. Russia and the West: Twenty Difficult Years, Vladislav Zubok 13. The European Union at Twenty: Can Europe Be Saved?, Frederic Bozo 14. China's Prolonged Rise: Legitimacy Challenges and Dilemmas in the Reform and Opening-Up Era, Chen Jian 15. After the West? Towards a New International System?, Michael Cox 16. Conclusion: The Future, Geir Lundestad Index