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Author Cohen, Warren I., author

Title The new Cambridge history of American foreign relations. Volume 4, Challenges to American primacy, 1945 to the present / Warren I. Cohen
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 377 pages) : maps
Series The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations
Contents Part I. The Cold War -- Prelude -- At War's End -- Origins of the Cold War -- The Korean War and Its Consequences -- New Leaders and New Arenas in the Cold War -- Crisis Resolution -- America's Longest War -- The Rise and Fall of D├ętente -- In God's Country -- America and the World, 1945-1991 -- Part II. After the Cold War -- The New World Order -- The "War" Against Terrorism -- Bibliographic Essay
Summary Explores the conditions in the international system at the end of World War II, the American determination to provide leadership, and the security dilemma each superpower posed for the others. It incorporates recent scholarship and revelations, carrying the narrative into the administration of Barack Obama. The author points to the nature of the Stalinist state, with its secrecy and brutal dictatorship, to explain the course of the Cold War. The character of the American political system, including the separation of political powers and the role of interest groups, prompted American leaders to exaggerate dangers abroad to enhance their domestic power. The book also provides fresh insight on Chinese and Soviet actions during the Korean War, the Taiwan Strait crises of the 1950s, and the Cuban missile crisis. It explains the rise and fall of detente in the 1970s, describes how imperial overreach strained both the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and reflects on what the Cold War has meant for the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Cambridge histories online, viewed July 17, 2013)
Subject Cold War.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139032513 (electronic bk.)
1139032518 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles New history of American foreign relations. Volume 4, Challenges to American primacy, 1945 to the present
Challenges to American primacy, 1945 to the present