The end of the Cold War should have been an occasion to reassess its origins, history, significance, and consequences. Yet most commentators have restated positions already developed during the Cold War. They have taken the break-up of the Soviet Union, the shift toward capitalism and electoral politics in Eastern Europe and countries formerly in the USSR as evidence of a moral and political victory for the United States that needs no further elaboration.
This collection of essays offers a more complex and nuanced analysis of Cold War history. It challenges the prevailing perspective, which editor Allen Hunter terms \u0022vindicationism.\u0022 Writing from different disciplinary and conceptual vantage points, the contributors to the collection invite a rethinking of what the Cold War was, how fully it defined the decades after World War II, what forces sustained it, and what forces led to its demise. By exploring a wide range of central themes of the era, Rethinking the Cold War widens the discussion of the Cold War's place in post-war history and intellectual life.
Allen Hunter is Administrative Director, A.E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin.
CONTENTSIntroduction: The Limits of Vindicationist ScholarshipAllen HunterPart I Creating the Cold War1 Rethinking the Cold War and After: From Containment to Enlargement Walter LaFeber2 Rethinking the Division of Germany Carolyn Eisenberg3 Revising Postrevisionism: Credibility and Hegemony in the Early Cold War Thomas D. LairsonPart II Decentering the Cold War: Looking South 4 A Requiem for the Cold War: Reviewing the History of International Relations since 1945 Cary Fraser5 Cold War, Capital Accumulation, and Labor Control in Latin America: The Closing of a Cycle, 1945-1990 Ian Roxborough6 Castro in Harlem: A Cold War Watershed Brenda Gayle PlummerPart III Ending the Cold War7 The End of the Cold War and Why We Failed to Predict It Michael Cox8 Mythmaking about the Character of the Cold War Charles W. Kegley Jr. and Shannon Lindsey Blanton9 Nations and Blocs: Toward a Theory of the Political Economy of the Interstate Model in Europe Mary Kaldor10 Warsaw Pact Socialism: Detente and the Disintegration of the Soviet Bloc Harriet Friedmann11 After the Cold War: International Relations in the Period of the Latest "New World Order" Ronen PalanPart IV Disciplined Knowledge and Alternative Visions12 Academic Research Protocols and the Pax Americana: American Economics during the Cold War Era Michael A. Bernstein13 Hannah Arendt as Dissenting Intellectual Jeffrey C. Isaac14 William Appleman Williams: Grassroots against Empire Paul BuhleAbout the Contributors