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Ending the Cold War: Interpretations, Causation and the Study of International Relations (New Visions in Security) 2004th Edition

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'Ending the Cold War is the product of a 'Who's Who' of scholars writing on one of the most important periods in recent history. Making good use of new knowledge available from documents and from interviews with key participants, this book will be valuable for scholars and accesible to students.' - James M. Godgeier, George Washington University, USA

'By far the best and most stimulating book to date on the subject, Ending the Cold War will be profitably read by scholars, pollcy makers and sudents of international relations.' - Robert D. English, University of Southern California, USA and author of Russia and the Idea of the West

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Ending the Cold War is the product of a 'Who’s Who' of scholars writing on one of the most important periods in recent history. The volume is well-framed by the editors, and the chapters are structured around a common approach that combines theoretical sophistication with impressive empirical grounding. Making good use of new knowledge available from documents and from interviews with key participants, this book will be valuable for scholars and accessible to students. Ending the Cold War will help sharpen the ongoing debate about an extraordinary series of events.”--James M. Goldgeier, George Washington University

"Ending the Cold War is analytically coherent and empirically original, enhancing our understanding of a transition of enormous magnitude for both the theory and practice of international relations. The book advances the debate by focusing on key turning points and pondering neglected counterfactuals, as it weighs the relative importance of power, ideas, and leadership. By far the best and most stimulating book to date on the subject, Ending the Cold War will be profitably read by scholars, policy makers, and students of international relations."--Robert D. English, University of Southern California and author of Russia and the Idea of the West
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Product Details

  • Series: New Visions in Security
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2004 edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403963843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403963840
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reader gets a retrospective on the Cold War. Why it ended, and the salient turning points during this struggle. The most interesting section is at the start of the text, when the authors describe current Russian thinking. To some Russians, the Cold War was mostly initiated by the US, for hegemony. And that continuing US actions towards Russia reflect an ongoing attempt to hold down Russia. Some of these views might also be held by some Chinese, who worry about US hyperpower. It is a good reminder to the American reader that there are different world views held by others.

Another interesting section dissects the events in eastern Europe in 1989-90, and the collapse of the Communist regimes. Gorbachev is of course the central figure in this drama. It is still a mystery to some why he did not take stronger measures, or ask the client Communist governments to apply more pressure. This would have plausibly delayed any collapse. But maybe nobody anticipated the events as they unfolded.
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