This highly praised book captures the essence and the madness of the "balance of terror" that was the Cold War. Describing an extensive period and much of the globe, The A to Z of the Cold War presents a year-by-year chronology, an introductory essay, and hundreds of entries on civilian and military leaders, central issues and peripheral conflicts, crucial countries and their allies or foes, the contending alliances and the non-aligned, deterrence and detente, the increasingly lethal weapons systems, and the various political and military strategies. While both authors are specialists in American foreign policy and diplomacy, Smith has a particular interest in United States relations with Latin America and Davis in Anglo-American relations. This broader focus is helpful, because it enables the authors to have a broader view of the Cold War, and having studied and lived in Great Britain, they view events from a more neutral perspective. This, and a conscious effort to maintain a scholarly balance, enhances the objectivity of this volume. Smith and Davis have produced an easy-to-use reference tool for both the history scholar and student.
Joseph Smith is a reader in American diplomatic history in the department of history at Exeter University, England. An expert on American foreign relations, especially with Latin America, he has conducted archival research in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain and is a member of the Council of the Historical Association of Great Britain. He has written several books, including The Cold War, 1945-1991 and A History of Brazil; he has also been the editor for several years of History, the journal of the Historical Association of Great Britain. Simon Davis is an assistant professor of history at the Bronx Community College, City University of New York. A specialist on Anglo-American diplomatic relations in the 20th century, he is also interested in military and naval history, having taught for some years at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. His publications include articles in Diplomacy and Statecraft and the Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature and the R.U.S.I./Brasseys' Defence Yearbook.
Chapter 1 Acronyms and Abbreviations Chapter 2 Chronology Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 THE DICTIONARY Chapter 5 Bibliography Chapter 6 Index Chapter 7 About the Authors