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The Fifty Years War: The United States and the Soviet Union in World Politics, 1941-1991 Revised ed. Edition

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Crockatt (The Cold War Past and Present) analyzes the breakdown of the wartime alliance between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. and the two nations' differing concepts of their postwar roles. He reviews the formative period of detente, from 1965 to 1973, which witnessed the signing of major nuclear arms agreements by the superpowers, and the erosion of mutual trust in the early 1980s as the U.S. built up its military forces. The author argues that the defense buildup, particularly President Ronald Reagan's advocacy of the Strategic Defense Initiative, or Star Wars, forced the Soviet Union to match the U.S. and thereby bankrupt itself or seek accommodation. Mikhail Gorbachev chose the latter course, ushering in the end of the Cold War. American strength of will and material resources at a critical moment in Soviet history, observes Crockatt, tipped the scales in the U.S.'s favor. A comprehensive assessment of the Cold War from a global perspective.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Another book on the Cold War? Why? Crockatt breaks no new ground here, offers no new primary source material, examines nothing from the Soviet archives. Nor does he offer anything new on the revisionist debate that has captivated Cold War historians from their earliest days. Although very readable, Crockatt's work is virtually the same as classics by John Lesis Gaddis (e.g., The Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War, LJ 10/15/87) or Louis Halle (e.g., Cold War as History, 1971). Crockatt admits that "it will take years to unearth Soviet sources" on this topic and that consequently "many conclusions about Soviet policy must necessarily remain provisional." He should have taken the time to look more closely: the Cuban missile crisis is already being revisited in depth because of the new materials from Russia (see Anatoli Gribkov and William Smith's Operation ANADYR: U.S. and Soviet Generals Recount the Cuban Missile Crisis, LJ 1/94). This book may be good for some beginners, but most readers should start elsewhere.
John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: United States and the Soviet Union in World Politics, 1941-1
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Revised ed. edition (March 8, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415135540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415135542
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,658,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a textbook assigned to a undergraduate history class of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the West, 1945-1991, formerly known as the History of the Cold War, offered at a state university. It is about the Cold War, the Second World War (Diplomatic aspects), United States foreign relations with the Soviet Union, and United States foreign relations 1945 to 1993 in general. The text was highly analytical with an emphasis on the political aspects of foreign relations. It was a very dull read, I only picked at it now and then and even so did not read everything. I read only the assigned chapters plus the concluding chapter. The author offers a balance of theories for the start of the Cold War, discussing the continuance and collapse of the Cold War and emphasizes that no one factor caused each of the prime events of the Cold War. He acknowledges that the U.S. may actually have a diminishing role in the control of world events and that the primary reason for the Soviet Union's collapse was not U.S. pressure but Gorbachev's own policies. I don't remember the earlier parts of the book. On the whole difficult to read but highly praised by the teacher.
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I purchased this book for my upcominng Cold War class in college this spring. It was in the shape it was listed and arrived within the estimated delievery time. I am really looking forward to this class because the Cold War was unique in the essence that there was no direct fighting between the primary sides involved; it was all through third parties. I'm sure this book will help me and any other student a lot that intends to take such a class.
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