The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

ISBN : 9780198779391

Richard H. Immerman; Petra Goedde
680 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2016
Oxford Handbooks in History
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The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War offers a broad reassessment of the period 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 account of the ways in which the cold war should be positioned within the wider context of world history.


1 Richard H. Immerman and Petra Goedde: Introduction
Part I: Conceptual Frameworks
2 Akira Iriye: Historicizing the Cold War
3 Naoko Shibusawa: Ideology, Culture, and the Cold War
4 Ian Jackson: Economics and the Cold War
5 Geoffrey Warner: Geopolitics and the Cold War
6 Prasenjit Duara: The Cold War and the Imperialism of Nation-States
Part II: Regional Cold Wars/Cold War Crises
7 Vladimir O. Pechatnov: Soviet-American Relations through the Cold War
8 Rana Mitter: China and the Cold War
9 Klaus Larres: Great Britain and the Cold War, 1945-1990
10 Andreas Etges: Western Europe
11 Bernd Stoever: Eastern Europe
12 Lars Schoultz: Latin America
13 Andrew J. Rotter: South Asia
14 Ang Chen Guan: The Cold War in Southeast Asia
15 Salim Yaqub: The Cold War and the Middle East
16 Elizabeth Schmidt: Africa
17 Antony Best: Japan and the Cold War: An Overview
Part III: Waging the Cold War
18 Vladislav Zubok: Cold War Strategies/Power and Culture - East: Sources of Soviet Conduct Reconsidered
19 Christopher Endy: Power and Culture in the West
20 David R. Stone: The Military
21 Campbell Craig: The Nuclear Revolution: A Product of the Cold War, or Something More?
22 Amy L. Sayward: International Institutions
23 Robert Mark Spaulding: Trade, Aid, and Economic Warfare
24 John Prados: Cold War Intelligence History
Part IV: Challenging the Cold War Paradigm
25 Philipp Gassert: Internal Challenges to the Cold War: Oppositional Movements East and West
26 Penny Von Eschen: Locating the Transnational in the Cold War
27 Cary Fraser: Decolonization and the Cold War
28 Barbara Keys and Roland Burke: Human Rights
29 Brenda Gayle Plummer: Race and the Cold War
30 Helen Laville: Gender and Women's Rights in the Cold War
31 Dianne Kirby: The Religious Cold War
32 Richard P. Tucker: The International Environmental Movement and the Cold War
33 Hyung-Gu Lynn: Globalization and the Cold War
Part V: The End of the Cold War
34 Nicholas Guyatt: The End of the Cold War

About the author: 

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 and Associate Director of Temple University's Center for the Humanities (CHAT).

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