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Germany and Japan had been crushed in the war and Britain and France were weakened economically and politically. However, the post-Cold War arrangements in international politics do not appear to fit the metaphor, which is drawn from the whole course of human history.

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Gorbachev dithered. Gaddis offers many interesting observations about the place of nuclear weapons in the Cold War. Some committed suicide. Gaddis declares, "The resulting asymmetry would account, more than anything else, for the origins, escalation, and ultimate outcome of the cold war. In his book, We Now Know , Gaddis emphasized the role of democratic values and the disparity between how the United States treated its allies and how the Soviet Union dealt with Eastern Europe as important factors in the outcome of the Cold War. Today's university students were aged five when the Berlin Wall came down; the Cold War for them, as John Lewis Gaddis puts it, is not all that different from the Peloponnesian War. Yet Frederick Kempe, in his convincing analysis of John F. Fourteen years ago, in December , Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev told his country that the cold war was over. Gaddis outlines three important lessons of the Cold War. But unlike several of his previous books, which were intended for scholars, this one is aimed at a broader audience - for those who want to understand how the cold war began, how it unfolded, and why it ended when it did. It should also be noted that Gaddis has become a favorite historian of G. After , however, wars were limited to those between superpowers and smaller powers, as in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, or to wars among smaller powers …What never happened, despite universal fears that it might, was a full-scale war involving the United States, the Soviet Union, and their respective allies…For the first time in history no one could be sure of winning, or even surviving, a great war. Assessing the origins of the cold war, a subject that has long sparked bitter debate among historians, Gaddis fully places responsibility for the conflict on Stalin and the Soviet Union. Gaddis posits that the lack of both great wars and economic depressions coupled with increased levels of literacy worldwide and policy decisions to promote democracy contributed to the spread of democracy.

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Hence, for the Cold War to end, detente had first to be destroyed.

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While the actions of Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reaganand Pope John Paul II each contributed to the conflict's peaceful conclusion, world leaders were not central to ending the competition.

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During the McCarthy era lasting roughly from the late s to the late s , thousands of Americans were accused of being Communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. Despite my great respect for the author and the other new Cold War historians on whom he draws and my admiration for this book, I wish to conclude with a dissent from the tome's central thesis. Copyright c by H-Net, all rights reserved. As Gaddis observes, Stalin was convinced that "capitalist fratricide" would eventually allow the Soviets to dominate Europe. Nixon proposed it, Eisenhower planned it, and Kennedy approved it. George Kennan, whose analysis of the Soviet Union became the basis for U. John L.

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During the McCarthy era lasting roughly from the late s to the late s , thousands of Americans were accused of being Communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. Unstable alliances required both adversaries to understand each other better. New evidence has continued to be uncovered in the United States; but the opening of the Soviet archives especially has offered a trove of materials. Rating: 1. His strength lay in his ability to see beyond complexity to simplicity. Gaddis outlines three important lessons of the Cold War. He argues that Roosevelt's death did not make a difference, for the dictator Stalin was innately disposed to conflict with the West. In the communist-capitalist confrontation, the superpowers became prisoners of their own strategic alliances. At the present moment, a broad coalition of great complexity supports a security structure underwritten by the United States and a liberal international political economy with many ramifications worldwide. In that formulation may lie a clue to a potential revised interpretation of the Cold War period. The Soviet dictator sought to advance Russian interests by establishing a ring of subservient nondemocratic states around his country's vulnerable western flank, while awaiting the inevitable rivalries that he believed would cause fissures and perhaps even war among capitalist nations.

Also, Gaddis includes a fictional account of the Korean War which involves massive nuclear attacks on many fronts in order to demonstrate what could have been. Despite my great respect for the author and the other new Cold War historians on whom he draws and my admiration for this book, I wish to conclude with a dissent from the tome's central thesis.

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