Mysteries of the Cold War

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-08-01
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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This book enhances our view of decision making by the United States and the Soviet Union during the years 1945-1990 by revisiting some of the important policy puzzles or decision making anomalies of that period. Among the case studies considered by academic and other expert analysts are: the 1961 Berlin crisis at Checkpoint Charlie; Soviet research and development into post-nuclear advanced technology weapons; US and Soviet maritime strategy; Soviet internationalism and its role in Cold War policy; the endgame of the Cold War and why it turned out that way. Included among the contributing authors are persons who spent major portions of their careers in the U,S intelligence community or elsewhere in government.

Author Biography

Stephen J. Cimbala is Professor of Political Science at Penn State Delaware County Campus Ben B. Fischer is on the history staff of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence Raymond L. Garthoff is a diplomatic historian, a former diplomat and one of the country's leading experts on the Soviet military Lt. Col. Lester W. Grau, USA (Ret'd) is a Military Analyst for the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Edward A. Kolodziej is Research Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Ford Foundation Interdisciplinary Seminar on the World Society Lawrence J. Korb is Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Director of Studies and Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations, New York William T. Lee was an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency Mackubin Thomas Owens is Professor of Strategy and Force Planning at the US Naval War College, Newport, RI Peter Rainow is Associate Professor of International Relations and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre of International Studies, Odessa University Leon Sloss is a consultant to government and industry Prior to his retirement in 1979, Mr Sloss spent 20 years as a US government official

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors xi
List of Abbreviations
Introduction xvii
Stephen J. Cimbala
Part I The Endgame
Where Did All the Money Go? The 1980s US Defence Build-up and the End of the Cold War
Lawrence J. Korb
The Pursuit of Order, Welfare and Legitimacy: Explaining the End of the Soviet Union and the Cold War
Edward A. Kolodziej
The Strange End of the Cold War: Views from the Former Superpower
Peter Rainow
Part II Adjusting and Managing Cold War Conflict
The US--Soviet Tank Confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie
Raymond L. Garthoff
Intelligence and Disaster Avoidance: The Soviet War Scare and US--Soviet Relations
Ben B. Fischer
Part III Technology and Strategy: The Search for Advantage
How the USA Came to Deploy Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Leon Sloss
High-tech Adventurism: A Soviet Laser Attack
William T. Lee
Part IV Strategy and the Cold War
US Maritime Strategy and the Cold War
Mackubin Thomas Owens
Soviet Soldier-Internationalists in Support of Communist Revolutions
Lester W. Grau
Adapting to Uncertainty: Soviet Military Strategy after the Great Patriotic War
Stephen J. Cimbala
Stephen J. Cimbala
Select Bibliography 219(4)
Name Index 223(8)
Subject Index 231

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