The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

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  • Copyright: 2013-04-05
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Oxford Handbook of the Cold Waroffers a broad reassessment of the period war based on new conceptual frameworks developed in the field of international history. Nearing the 25th anniversary of its end, the cold war now emerges as a distinct period in twentieth-century history, yet one which should be evaluated within the broader context of global political, economic, social, and cultural developments. The editors have brought together leading scholars in cold war history to offer a new assessment of the state of the field and identify fundamental questions for future research. The individual chapters in this volume evaluate both the extent and the limits of the cold war's reach in world history. They call into question orthodox ways of ordering the chronology of the cold war and also present new insights into the global dimension of the conflict. Even though each essay offers a unique perspective, together they show the interconnectedness between cold war and national and transnational developments, including long-standing conflicts that preceded the cold war and persisted after its end, or global transformations in areas such as human rights or economic and cultural globalization. Because of its broad mandate, the volume is structured not along conventional chronological lines, but thematically, offering essays on conceptual frameworks, regional perspectives, cold war instruments and cold war challenges. The result is a rich and diverse accounting of the ways in which the cold war should be positioned within the broader context of world history.

Author Biography

Richard H. Immerman is Professor and Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History at Temple University and the Marvin Wachman Director of its Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. He currently chairs the Historical Advisory Committee to the United States' Department of State.

Petra Goedde is Associate Professor of History at Temple University.

Table of Contents

1. 1. Introduction: Richard H. Immerman/Petra Goedde
Part I: Conceptual Frameworks
2. Historicizing the Cold War, Akira Iriye
3. Ideology, Culture, and the Cold War, Naoko Shibusawa
4. Economics and the Cold War, Ian Jackson
5. Geopolitics and the Cold War, Geoffrey Warner
6. The Cold War and the Imperialism of Nation States, Prasenjit Duara
Part II: Regional Cold Wars/Cold War Crises
7. The US-Soviet Relationship, Vladimir Pechatnov
8. China, Rana Mitter
9. Great Britain, Klaus Larres
10. Western Europe, Andreas Etges
11. Eastern Europe, Bernd Stoever
12. Latin America, Lars Schoultz
13. South Asia, Andrew Rotter
14. Southeast Asia, Ang Chen Guan
15. The Cold War and the Middle East, Salim Yaqub
16. Africa, Elizabeth Schmidt
17. Japan and the Cold War, Antony Best
Part III: Waging the Cold War
18. Cold War Strategies/Power and Culture - East, Vladislav Zubok
19. Power and Culture in the West, Christopher Endy
20. Military, David Stone
21. Atomic Peace and Warfare, Campbell Craig
22. International Institutions, Amy Sayward
23. Trade, Aid, and Economic Warfare, Robert Mark Spaulding
24. Cold War Intelligence History, John Prados
Part IV: Challenging the Cold War Paradigm
25. Internal Challenges to the Cold War: Oppositional Movements East and West, Philip Gassert
26. Locating the Transnational in the Cold War, Penny Von Eschen
27. Decolonization, Cary Fraser
28. Human Rights, Barbara Keys and Roland Burke
29. Race, Brenda Gayle Plummer
30. Gender, Helen Laville
31. Religion, Dianne Kirby
32. Environment, Richard P. Tucker
33. Globalization, Hyung Gu Lynn
34. The End of the Cold War, Nicholas Guyatt

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