Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949 covers the formative years of the momentous struggle which developed between two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States. It not only involved these titans but also the rest of the globe; many proxy wars were fought much to the detriment of the developing world. In a clear, concise manner, this book explains how the Cold War originated and developed between 1941 and 1949.
The fourth edition is revised, updated and expanded to include new material on topics such as the culture wars and Stalin's view of Marxism. The introduction looks at the various approaches which have been adopted to analyse the Cold War and the challenges to arrive at a theory which can explain it. The book explores questions such as:
- Who was responsible for the Cold War?
- Was it inevitable or could it have been avoided?
- Was Stalin genuinely interested in a post-war agreement?
Illustrated with maps and figures and containing a chronology and who's who of key individuals, Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949 incorporates the most recent scholarship, theories and information to provide students with an invaluable introduction to a fascinating period that shaped today's world.
Martin McCauley is a prolific author and broadcaster who has a wealth of experience in Soviet, Russian and international affairs. He was at the University of London for over 30 years, and his recent publications include Russia, America and the Cold War, 2nd edition (2008), Stalin and Stalinism, 3rd edition (2008) and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (2007).
List of figures. List of maps. Foreword. Chronology. Who's Who. Part One: Background. 1. Setting the Scene Part Two: Descriptive Analysis 2. Moscow's View of the World 3. Conflicts During the War 4. 1945: The Turning-Point 6. Culture Wars 7. The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan 8. The Soviet Response 9. The Third World 10. The United Nations and the Concept of Collective Security Part Three: Assessment 11. Was it all inevitable? Part Four: Documents Further reading. References. Index.