The Cuban Missile Crisis A Concise History

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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InThe Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History, Second Edition, Don Munton and David A. Welch distill the best current scholarship on the Cuban missile crisis into a brief and accessible 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 events from the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban angles, revealing the vital role that 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 relevant literature and film for those who wish to explore further. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the crisis, this revised and updated edition ofThe Cuban Missile Crisisis ideal for undergraduate courses on the 1960s, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, twentieth-century world history, and comparative foreign policy. New to this Edition * Revised to incorporate the latest scholarship * Updated bibliography * Expanded coverage of the Cuban dimension of the crisis * Additional graphics * New reflections on the significance of the crisis after 50 years

Author Biography

Don Munton is professor and Founding Chair of international Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. David A. Welch is GIGI Chair of Global security and Interim Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

Table of Contents

New To The Second Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Acronymsp. xv
Dramatics Personae (and positions in October 1962)p. xvii
Introduction The Real Thirteen Days?p. 1
Background to the Crisisp. 7
U.S.-Cuban Relations in Historical Perspectivep. 10
The Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoosep. 17
The Soviet Decision to Deployp. 21
Deployment and Discoveryp. 33
Details of the Deploymentp. 34
The Intelligence Game of Cat and Mousep. 41
Warnings Too Latep. 43
On the Eve of Crisisp. 46
From Discovery to Blockadep. 49
The Storm Before the Calmp. 51
Narrowing the Optionsp. 54
Decisionp. 58
The Perfect Stormp. 63
The Speechp. 64
Carrots and Sticksp. 68
Khrushchev and Kennedy Waverp. 73
The Crisis Heats Upp. 74
The Dobrynin Meetingp. 80
Climax and Resolutionp. 81
Aftermathp. 85
Removing the Missiles from Cubap. 85
The Cuban Bomber Crisisp. 89
The Domestic and International Public Reactionp. 93
Steps Toward Détente: The Hot Line and Test Banp. 94
Conclusion The Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years Laterp. 97
Bibliographic Essayp. 107
Early Treatments of the Crisisp. 107
The Second Wave: "Critical Oral History"p. 108
Recent Accountsp. 109
Backgroud and Historyp. 111
Aftermath and Lessonsp. 112
Document Collections and Websitesp. 113
Filmp. 114
Indexp. 117
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