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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. It emphasises how the Cold War bequeathed conditions, challenges and conflicts that shape international affairs today. With discussions of demography and consumption, women and youth, science and technology, ethnicity and race, the volumes encompass the social, intellectual, and economic history of the twentieth century, shedding new light on the evolution of the Cold War. Through its various geographical and national angles, the series signifies a transformation of the field from a national - primarily American - to a broader international approach.

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Volume I: Origins, 1945-1962

This volume examines the origins, causes and early years of the Cold War. Leading scholars show how the conflict evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic, and socio-political environment of the two world wars and the interwar period as well as examining how markets, ideas, and cultural interactions affected political discourse, diplomatic events, and strategic thinking. Chapters focus not only on the USA, the USSR, and Great Britain, but also on other critical regions such as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and East Asia. They deal not only with the most influential statesmen of the era but also address the issues that mattered most to peoples around the globe: food, nutrition, and resource allocation; demography and consumption; ethnicity, race, and religion; science and technology; national autonomy, self-determination, and sovereignty. In so doing, the book illuminates how people worldwide shaped the evolution of the increasingly bipolar conflict, and, in turn, were ensnared by it.

1. The Cold War and the international history of the twentieth century, Odd Arne Westad
2. Ideology and the origins of the Cold War, 1917–1962, David C. Engerman
3. The world economy and the Cold War in the middle of the twentieth century, Charles S. Maier
4. The emergence of an American grand strategy, 1945–1952, Melvyn P. Leffler
5. The Soviet Union and the world, 1944–1953, Vladimir O. Pechatnov
6. Britain and the Cold War, 1945–1955, Anne Deighton
7. The division of Germany, 1945–1949, Hans-Peter Schwarz
8. The Marshall Plan and the creation of the west, William I. Hitchcock
9. The Sovietization of eastern Europe, 1944–1953, Norman Naimark
10. The Cold War in the Balkans, 1945–1956, Svetozar Rajak
11. The birth of the People's Republic of China and the road to the Korean War, Niu Jun
12. Japan, the United States, and the Cold War, 1945–1960, Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu
13. The Korean War, William Stueck
14. US national security policy from Eisenhower to Kennedy, Robert J. McMahon
15. Soviet foreign policy, 1953–1962, Vojtech Mastny
16. East central Europe, 1953–1956, Csaba Békés
17. The Sino-Soviet Alliance and the Cold War in Asia, 1954–1962, Shu Guang Zhang
18. Nuclear weapons and the escalation of the Cold War, 1945–1962, David Holloway
19. Culture and the Cold War in Europe, Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht
20. Cold War mobilization and domestic politics: the United States, Laura McEnaney
21. Cold War mobilisation and domestic politics: the Soviet Union, 1945–62, David Priestland
22. Decolonization, the global south, and the Cold War, 1919–1962, Mark Philip Bradley
23. Oil, resources, and the Cold War, 1945–1962, David S. Painter

Volume II: Crises and Détente

Volume Two of The Cambridge History of the Cold War examines the developments that made the Cold War into a long-lasting international system during the 1960s and 1970s. Leading scholars explain how the Cold War seemed to stabilize after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and how this sense of increased stability developed into the detente era of the early 1970s. They also outline how conflicts in the Third World, as well as the interests and ideologies of the superpowers, eroded the detente process. The volume delves into the social and economic histories of the conflict, processes of integration and disintegration, arms races, and the roles of intelligence, culture, and national identities. Discussing the newest findings on US and Soviet foreign policy, on key crises, on policies in and outside of Europe, and on alliances and negotiations, this authoritative volume will define Cold War studies for years to come.

1. Grand strategies in the Cold War, John Lewis Gaddis
2. Identity and the Cold War, Robert Jervis
3. Economic aspects of the Cold War, 1962–1975, Richard N. Cooper
4. The Cuban Missile Crisis, James G. Hershberg
5. Nuclear competition in an era of stalemate, 1963–1975, William Burr and David Alan Rosenberg
6. US foreign policy from Kennedy to Johnson, Frank Costigliola
7. Soviet foreign policy, 1962–1975, Svetlana Savranskaya and William Taubman
8. France, 'Gaullism', and the Cold War, Frédéric Bozo
9. European integration and the Cold War, N. Piers Ludlow
10. Détente in Europe, 1962–1975, Jussi M. Hanhimäki
11. Eastern Europe: Stalinism to solidarity, Anthony Kemp-Welch
12. The Cold War and the transformation of the Mediterranean, 1960–1975, Ennio Di Nolfo
13. The Cold War in the Third World, 1963–1975, Michael E. Latham
14. The Indochina Wars and the Cold War, 1945–1975, Fredrik Logevall
15. The Cold War in the Middle East: Suez crisis to Camp David Accords, Douglas Little
16. Cuba and the Cold War, 1959–1980, Piero Gleijeses
17. The Sino-Soviet split, Sergey Radchenko
18. Détente in the Nixon-Ford years, 1969–1976, Robert D. Schulzinger
19. Nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation during the Cold War, Francis J. Gavin
20. Intelligence in the Cold War, Christopher Andrew
21. Reading, viewing and tuning-in to the Cold War, Nicholas J. Cull
22. Counter-cultures: the rebellions against the Cold War order, 1965–1975, Jeremi Suri
23. The structure of great power politics, 1963–1975, Marc Trachtenberg
24. The Cold War and the social and economic history of the twentieth century, Wilfried Loth.

Volume III: Endings

This volume examines the evolution of the Cold War from the Helsinki Conference of 1975 until the Soviet collapse in 1991. Leading scholars analyze the economic, social, cultural, religious, technological, and geopolitical factors that shaped the policies that ended the Cold War, looking at the personalities and policies of Carter and Reagan, Brezhnev and Gorbachev, Thatcher, Kohl, and Deng Xiaoping. They show how events throughout the world shaped the evolution of Soviet-American relations and also explore the legacies of the super-power confrontation in a comparative and trans-national perspective. Penetrating chapters examine how the Cold War affected and was affected by the environment, the global economy, consumer capitalism, human rights and non-governmental organizations. The authors also deal with demographic trends, capital flows, multilateral institutions, and geopolitical configurations. This is international history at its best: emphasizing social, intellectual, economic and geostrategic trends without losing focus on personalities, politics, and human agency.

1. The Cold War and the intellectual history of the late twentieth century, Jan-Werner Müller
2. The world economy and the Cold War, 1970–1990, Giovanni Arrighi
3. The rise and fall of Eurocommunism, Silvio Pons
4. The Cold War and Jimmy Carter, Nancy Mitchell
5. Soviet foreign policy from Détente to Gorbachev, 1975–1985, Vladislav M. Zubok
6. Islamism, the Iranian revolution, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Amin Saikal
7. The collapse of superpower détente, 1975–1980, Olav Njølstad
8. Japan and the Cold War, 1960–1991, Michael Schaller
9. China and the Cold War after Mao, Chen Jian
10. The Cold War in Central America, 1975–1991, John H. Coatsworth
11. The Cold War and Southern Africa, 1976–1990, Chris Saunders and Sue Onslow
12. The Gorbachev revolution and the end of the Cold War, Archie Brown
13. US foreign policy under Reagan and Bush, Beth A. Fischer
14. Western Europe and the end of the Cold War, 1979–1989, John W. Young
15. The East European revolutions of 1989, Jacques Lévesque
16. The unification of Germany, 1985–91, Helga Haftendorn
17. The collapse of the Soviet Union, 1990–91, Alex Pravda
18. Science, technology and the Cold War, David Reynolds
19. Transnational organizations and the Cold War, Matthew Evangelista