The end of the cold war by robert service the boston globe. His fascinating treatment of the end of the cold war is the best analysis available. Over the course of five decades, they never came to blows directly. This book seeks to reassess the role of europe in the end of the cold war and the process of german unification. Cold war alexander king book 2 by bradley wright kindle. Others historians trace the start of the cold war to the bolshevik revolution in russia in 1917 and its end in 1991 as the soviet union collapsed at the end. The end of the cold war university of minnesota press. The cold war had seemed like a permanent fixture in global. So soviets paranoia about this system, which wasnt going to work, and reagans fantasy about this system prevented what very well could have been the. Newspaper columnist walter lippmann gave the term wide currency with his book the cold war. Gorbachev, reagan and thatcher and the end of the cold war, by archie brown, oxford university press, rrp.
The end of the cold war by robert service showcases the final six years or so of the cold war 19851991. The end of the cold war by robert service pan macmillan. Fukuyama end of history and the world after the end of. Cold war abc book a arms race the soviet union and the united states raced to build the largest, most powerful nuclear weapon. It shares declassified documents from latter years of the cold war with a focus on relations between general. On the beach is a 1957 postapocalyptic novel written by british author nevil shute after he migrated to australia. Although in hindsight the end of the cold war seems almost inevitable, almost no one saw it coming and there is little consensus over why it. The book presents the thinking of leading historians, political scientists, policy analysts, and commentators from the united states, great britain, germany, france, norway and the former soviet union. New perspectives on the end of the cold war routledge. On november 10, 1989, one of the most famous symbols of the cold war came down. Robert service talked about his book the end of the cold war. This book was written during the cold war era and reflects the concerns of the time, especially the perceived possibility that humanity could be destroyed in a nuclear war. The end of the cold war by robert service, 9780330517294, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. This collection of essays makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the end of the cold war.
By the time world war ii ended, most american officials agreed that the best defense against the soviet threat was a strategy called containment. Christine hatt explores why the cold war ended, including such reasons as the changing relationship between the united states and the soviet union, economic problems, and the increase in nuclear weaponry worldwide. A riveting account of how the cold war came to an end by one of our leading. Scroll down to see articles about the cold wars beginnings, the foreign policies of american presidents regarding the cold war, the end of communism in eastern europe in the 1980s, and final soviet collapse in 1991. Much of the existing literature on the end of the cold war has focused primarily on the role of the superpowers and on that of the us in particular. Robert services the end of the cold war is a gripping, fascinating book. The end of history and the last man 1992, by francis fukuyama, is a book of political philosophy which proposes that with the ascendancy of western liberal democracy, which occurred after the cold war 19451991 and the dissolution of the soviet union 1991, humanity has reached not just. Cold war abc book example 1 by timothy stolte on prezi. The nuclear scare spread throughout the world, and people feared another war would be inevitable. In this regard robert services book gives great insights, being the most comprehensive and up to date account of the end of the cold war today. Gorbachev was a revolutionary leader for the ussr, as he was the first to promote liberalization of the political landscape and capitalist elements into the economy perestroika. End cold war its meaning and implications international relations. Similarly, the cold war is sometimes deemed to have ended with the dismantling of the berlin wall.
New book presents a secret history of nuclear war planning. Research on the causes and consequences of the end of the cold war is constantly growing. This is an enormous book, in size, scope and detail, and it landed on my desk just as russian warplanes started bombing sites in syria. At the end of the cold war, the united states looked out upon a world in which it wielded. The end of the cold war 19851991, by robert service book. His book is as entertaining as a roland garros final. David pietrusza photographs and text recount the unraveling of communism and the entire soviet system while explaining the background and effects of the animosity between the u. This hostility between the two superpowers was first given its name by george orwell in an article published in 1945.
List of books and articles about cold war online research. Cold war america and the disillusioning of a generation revised edition with new preface and afterword 2nd edition by tom engelhardt author visit amazons tom engelhardt page. The book was a bestseller, but not a huge one, maybe because the excitement about the end of the cold war had cooled. This revelatory, startling and important book is a rewriting of the history of the cold wars endgame.
A new history is meant chiefly, therefore, for a new generation of readers for whom the cold war was never current events. Perhaps then the real story of the end of the cold war is just a simple tale of how an old hardline anticommunist president of the united states and a young soviet reformer discovered that. The book presents the thinking of leading historians, political scientists, policy. The first phase of the cold war began immediately after the end of the second world war in 1945.
Much of the first part of the book covers how we got to mikhail gorbachev in the ussr and the cold war broadly. The authors show that george bush and mikhail gorbachev maintained an unusually close. Ronald reagan, intelligence and the end of the cold war is a multimedia book and dvd recently published in november 2011 by the ronald reagan presidential library and the historical collections at the central intelligence agency. A history from beginning to end is an attempt to describe an important period of world history, affecting the lives of millions of people, known as cold war. According to some, the beginning of the cold war was between 1945 and 1948, while the end was in 1989, with the dispute being over the way europe was divided. The objective set in the present work is to know and analyze the main arguments put forward by francis fukuyama defending his idea of the end of history. The cold war is the term used to define the period between the end of world war ii in 1945 and the ultimate collapse of the soviet union and its satellite states in 1991. B berlin airlift allies used planes to send those in. Delving mainly from soviet and american sources the author manages to give a privileged inside robert services the end of the cold war is a gripping, fascinating book. The widely hailed behindthescenes history of the cold war endgamea book that brilliantly brings to life the private conversations and secret understandings that.
The butter battle book was a new york times notable book of the year. Initially, it was dominated by fairly simplistic, and often politically motivat. How gorbachev and reagans friendship helped thaw the cold war. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in melbourne as they await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the northern hemisphere, following a nuclear war a year previously. Top 10 books about the cold war books the guardian. Minnesota archive editions uses digital technology to make longunavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original university of minnesota press editions. I hope readers who lived through the cold war will also find the volume useful, because as marx once said groucho, not karl, outside of a dog, a book is a mans best friend.
Ten histories of the cold war worth reading council on. The endgame he describeshow ronald reagan singlehandedly inflected the course of history by reorienting uss relationship with the soviet unionconcludes with the referee proclaiming the end of the cold war. Reagan and gorbachev at reykjavik in 1986 courtesy ronald reagan library a new book by historian robert service examines the cold war endgame. The protatgonists in the cold war were the west, led by the united states, and the eastern bloc, led by the soviet union. Intelligence and the end of the cold war ronald reagan became the 40th president of the united states more than thirty years ago, and ever since he stepped down to return to california eight years later, historians, political scientists, and pundits of all stripes have debated the meaning of his presidency. Oct 24, 2019 perhaps then the real story of the end of the cold war is just a simple tale of how an old hardline anticommunist president of the united states and a young soviet reformer discovered that. Rather, these two world superpowers competed in other arenas that would touch almost every corner of the globe. Cornel west bogdan denitch has written a cogent and realistic analysis of the prospects for a new europe, from a roughly social democratic point of view.
In the 25 years following the end of the cold war, only five or six of the postcommunist states are on a path to joining the rich and capitalist world while most are falling behind, some to such an extent that it will take several decades to catch up to where they were before the collapse of communism. By mid1990, many of the soviet republics had declared their independence. The cold war period of 19851991 began with the rise of mikhail gorbachev as general secretary of the communist party of the soviet union. In the end of the cold war, a massive new study of the last days of the soviet empire, british historian robert service examines newly released politburo minutes, recently available.
Jan 20, 2016 the updated edition covers the postcold war period too. What makes services book special is its scholarship. Then he takes this panoramic view throughout the big players of europe and the soviet satellite countries. Historically, it would seem that the cold war started at the end of wwii, but its roots go back a lot farther. Washington, moscow, and the beginning of the end of the cold war. Advising the householder on protection against nuclear. The cold war was an ongoing political rivalry between the united states and the soviet union and their respective allies that developed after world war ii. Services magisterial book shows how gorbachev achieved the second objective but only at the cost of destroying his own socialist system and. Robert service is one of the best writers on communism and their leaders. The cold war between the united states and the soviet union lasted from the end of world war ii until the end of the 1980s. Reagan, intelligence and the end of the cold war government.
Francis fukuyama postpones the end of history the new yorker. The end of the cold war was first published in 1990. Alternatively, if you would like to learn about the conflict in video form, check out this nineminute explainer video. Having lived myself in east berlin from 1987 till 1990 i have all ways wondered how the momentous collapse of soviet communism which at the time felt so unexpected really came about. The updated edition covers the postcold war period too. This book is about the communist leaders ending with gorbachev and yeltsin. By the end of the year, leaders of every eastern european nation except bulgaria had been ousted by popular uprisings. The cold war was a period of geopolitical tension between the soviet union and the united. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Since embarking on this path to become more familiar with history. Jan 27, 2020 so soviets paranoia about this system, which wasnt going to work, and reagans fantasy about this system prevented what very well could have been the end of the cold war, the end of the arms race. This timely collection of essays offers one of the first, serious efforts to examine the end of the cold war. Ending the cold war interpretations, causation and the study of.1106 1265 1485 1498 742 548 428 1570 1279 1087 389 1578 1410 765 1511 1545 1313 1198 1524 784 884 878 1029 727 71 91 632 221 801 715 1046 626 118 660 137 245