- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (July 10, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192801783
- ISBN-13: 978-0192801784
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert J. McMahon is Professor of History at the University of Florida, and President of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. Among his many acclaimed books are The Cold War on the Periphery: the United States, India, and Pakistan (1994), and The Limits of Empire: the US and Southeast Asia since World War II (1999). He has held visiting professorships in Britain and Ireland as well as in Asia and around the US. He received the Bernath article prize from SHAFR in 1989 and the Bernath lectureship in 1991.
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After all, this little book provides an excellent overview of the entire development of the Cold War, from the beginning up to the end. All major phases and events are covered with analysis.
My last review was of John Prados-How the Cold War Ended: Debating and Doing History, entered under obus7 Promises too much, concluded: "Promises a lot, lets expect much. Does not deliver - still sounds like a few random events with a few decided whistle-blowers."
A much shorter opus does it in a bit over half a page, much shorter, but also much clearer. The key sentence is: By the time the Soviet Union collapsed, the Cold War was already history.
So the end dates read: 1989 German reunification, 1990 sovereign re-unified Germany in NATO under four Allied Powers treaty, 1991 Soviet collapse. A lot of action in a short time, but understanding the sequence is vital.
obus8 - Robert J McMahon-The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2003) - 20/9/2012