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LudlowBozoVisionsEndofColdWar_Book Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945 -1990

Exploring the visions of the end of the Cold War that have been put forth since its inception until its actual ending, this volume brings to the fore the reflections, programs, and strategies that were intended to call into question the bipolar system and replace it with alternative approaches or concepts. These visions were associated not only with prominent individuals, organized groups, and civil societies, but were also connected to specific historical processes or events. They ranged from actual, thoroughly conceived programs, to more blurred, utopian aspirations - or simply the belief that the Cold War had already, in effect, come to an end. Such visions reveal much about the contexts in which they were developed and shed light on crucial moments and phases of the Cold War. The book editors are N. Piers Ludlow, Head of IDEAS Cold War Studies, Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, and Bernd Rother.

alonggoodbyeA Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan

A Long Goodbye is the first comprehensive account of the Soviet Withdrawl in Afghanistan. Based on newly available archival material and supplemented by interviews with major actors, Kalinovsky reconstructs the fierce debates among Soviet diplomats, KGB officials, the Red Army, and top Politburo figures. The fear that withdrawal would diminish the USSR's status as leader of the Third World is palpable in these disagreements, as are the competing interests of Afghan factions and the Soviet Union's superpower rival in the West. Details|

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The Cambridge History of the Cold War

The Cambridge History of the Cold War is a comprehensive, international history of the conflict that dominated world politics in the twentieth century. The three-volume series, written by leading international experts in the field, elucidates how the Cold War evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic, and socio-political environment of the two world wars and the interwar era, and explains the global dynamics of the Cold War international system. Details|

GCW|The Great Cold War: A Journey Through the Hall of Mirrors

In looking back over that half-century of confrontation, Gordon Barrass |poses three big questions: Why did the Cold War start? Why did it last so long? And why did it end the way it did? To answer them, he travelled to Washington, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, and Moscow to interview nearly 100 people, including top policymakers, strategists, military commanders, and key figures in the world of intelligence. Their narratives reveal what was going on behind the scenes, providing valuable insights into the mixture of insecurity, ignorance, and ambition that drove the rivalry between the two sides.

br ac rus acBritish Academy - Russian Academy Project

The British Academy and the Russian Academy have come together in a joint project to compile several volumes of documents in Russian and in English covering UK-Soviet relations during the period 1943-64. One of the purposes of this project is to bring the documents together on order to compare those documents held in UK and in the Russian archives on the key developments during this period. The IDEAS Cold War Studies Centre is honoured to be collaborating with the Russian Academy of Sciences on this seminal project with the generous support of the British Academy. Expected completion in 2010.  Details|

reviewing the cold war use this|Routledge Cass Series: Cold War History

In the new history of the Cold War that has been forming since 1989, many of the established truths about the international conflict that shaped the latter half of the twentieth century have come up for revision. The present series is an attempt to make available interpretations and materials that will help further the development of this new history, and it will concentrate in particular on publishing expositions of key historical issues and critical surveys of newly available sources. The series editors are IDEAS directors Professor Odd Arne Westad and Professor Michael Cox. 

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