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Understand the Cold War

Author: C B Jones
Publisher: London : Teach Yourself, 2010.
Series: Teach yourself
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book will help you understand how the superpowers grew and vied for dominance, and how the balance was lost.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C B Jones
ISBN: 9781444105254 1444105256
OCLC Number: 620330850
Notes: At head of title: Teach yourself.
"Previously published as Teach yourself the Cold War"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: 01 The origins of the cold war Definition of the term The great powers Conflicting ideologies Communism and Capitalism Background to their relationship prior to the Second World War Uneasy wartime allies Conflicting aims as the Second World War nears its end 02 Europe at the end of the Second World War Yalta Potsdam Increasing tension between the Big Three The Iron Curtain descends 03 Containment Soviet expansion in Eastern Europe The Greek Civil War Tito's stand against Stalin in 1948 The Truman Doctrine The Marshall Plan 04 Germany Effects of the Second World War Nuremberg Trials Berlin Blockade and Airlift how the West kept its toehold behind the iron curtain NATO & Warsaw Pact 05 The Far East China 1949-50 The Korean War and Malay emergency The Domino Theory 06 The Thaw Detente in the 1950s Changes in the USSR - Khrushchev and de Stalinisation Hungarian uprising - Why didn't the West implement the Roll Back theory? 07 The Arms and Space Race Nuclear arms race - 1960 The Space Race - Sputnik and Flopnik Gary Powers and the U2 incident Failure of the Paris Summit Berlin Crisis - the wall and stand off at checkpoint Charlie Ostpolitik 08 Kennedy and Khrushchev The Cuban Missile Crisis:- Castro v. Batista Bay of Pigs U2 sighting of missile sites on Cuba ExComm - 2 weeks debate between hawks and doves A Win-Win outcome 09 A new Domino Tension in the Far East The Sino-Soviet Split Vietnam The Asian grasshopper rids itself of the French elephant American and Vietcong tactics The Tet offensive The Television War Anti-Vietnam Protests - what are we fighting for? Vietnamization 10 Czechoslovakia Prague Spring Effects on the Cold War The Brezhnev Doctrine 11 Detente 1971-79 Motives for Detente USSR/USA Motives for Detente USA/ China SALT Talks 1972 Failure of Detente The War in Afghanistan 12 The Second Cold War Ronald Reagan - a change of policy Star Wars - a new arms race? Poland 1980-90 Solidarity movement 13 Changes in the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev Perestroika Glasnost Detente -'We can do business together' (M. Thatcher) 14 The collapse of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe East Germany 1989-90 Czechoslovakia 1989 The Velvet Revolution Hungary 1988-90 Romania 1989 Bulgaria 15 Cold War Culture Spies Double agents Monetary reward Unwitting accomplices Literature Anti-Russian literature Films Spy movies James Bond movies 16 The end of the Cold War The Failed Russian Coup in 1991 - the Rise of Boris Yeltsin Yugoslavia - Tito's time bomb explodes Who was responsible for the Cold War? The historical debate Was it all inevitable? Who won? Significance of the Cold War
Series Title: Teach yourself
Responsibility: C.B. Jones.


Understand the Cold War provides a fascinating insight into this complicated and hidden conflict, from how it began and the main figures involved to the culture it created.  Read more...


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