- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Westview Press; 1 edition (December 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813347955
- ISBN-13: 978-0813347950
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The further we get from the withering away of the Cold War, the more likely we are to benefit from dispassionate and solid analytical accounts of the struggle. Fink, professor emeritus of history at Ohio State, has provided a compact, objective, and insightful account that illustrates how disputes over the post-WWII fate of Europe morphed into a conflict that engulfed regions across the world. For the populations in parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the Cold War often became intensely hot. Fink includes the necessary historical context by examining the foreign relations of the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution and the subsequent fear and suspicions that lay behind Soviet policy toward the West. Fink broadens her account to include China and the Chinese enigmatic relations with the supposed Soviet allies. She deftly illustrates how Third World nations became hapless pawns in the broader geopolitical struggle, and she concludes with a sharp description of the residual effects of the Cold War upon the major and minor participants. This is an ideal introductory text for college students and general readers. --Jay Freeman
"Written by a renowned scholar of international history, this concise and masterfully composed analysis of the Cold War in global perspective cannot be recommended highly enough for undergraduate and graduate teaching. Carole Fink presents both the larger structures of the conflict but also some of its unanticipated twists and turns that make this volume very accessible."
Volker Berghahn, Columbia University
"Carole Fink, a prominent and prolific historian, manages to break new ground in her book by placing the history of the Cold War in a chronologically and geographically enlarged context. She presents this complex material in an easily comprehensible format."
Peter Kenez, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Cold War: An International History is a well written, cogent and comprehensive recounting of the political structure of the Cold War. Its primary strengths are its accessibility and its focus on the Cold War as a global phenomenon. For faculty and students looking for a political skeleton” to frame their course, this book would be a very good choice."
Cristofer Scarboro, King's College
Cold War: An International History offers instructors, students, and the general public a well-organized and highly readable survey of recent history in all its implications." Russian Review
"Cold War: An International History is a magnificent narrative of the Cold War from a global perspective. This is unsurprising, given Carole Fink's reputation for combining breadth of vision with meticulous transnational research. She has so clearly, gracefully and insightfully covered the crucial elements of the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the West, combining key details, recent discoveries, and transnational perspective with wonderfully cosmopolitan analysis of the larger meanings and the historical trendsall of which make this such a superb account of the Cold War."
John Whiteclay Chambers II, Rutgers University
"Cold War: An International History is a must read for all history enthusiasts. Through her clear prose and many years of research and expertise on the subject, Carole Fink brings refreshing new perspectives to the Cold War, going beyond the conflict between the US and the USSR to include meaningful discussions of key events in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."
István Deák, Columbia University
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