Covering the development of the Cold War from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, The Cold War 1949-2016 explores the struggle for world domination that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union following the Second World War. The conflict between these two superpowers shaped global history for decades, and this book examines how this conflict developed into a nuclear arms race, spurred much of the wider world towards war and eventually resulted in the collapse of the Soviet empire.
In this accessible yet comprehensive volume, Martin McCauley examines not only the actions of the United States and the Soviet Union but also the effects upon and involvement of other regions such as Africa, Central America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Key themes include the Sino-Soviet relationship and the global ambitions of the newly formed People's Republic of China, the rise and fall of communism in countries such as Cuba, Angola and Ethiopia, the US defeat in Vietnam, the gradual unravelling of the Soviet Union and the changing shape of the post-Cold War world.
Providing a wide-ranging overview of the main turning points of the conflict and illustrated throughout with photographs and maps, this is essential reading for all students of the Cold War and its lasting global impact.
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 Origins of the Cold War, 4th edition (2015), 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 illustrations List of maps Foreword Glossary ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR The orthodox or traditional The revisionist The post- revisionist THE COLD WAR The People's Republic of China The Korean War Eastern Europe Spies NSC-68 Germany Culture TO THE BRINK AND BACK 1953-1962 Lost Opportunities Khrushchev Takes Over Khrushchev and China Eisenhower's New Look The Geneva Spirit Poland and Hungary in 1956 The Berlin Crises The Cuban Missile Crisis Khrushchev Goes Culture THE US AND THE SOVIET UNION IN THE THIRD WORLD The Oil Weapon The Soviets Rediscover the Third World Bandung and the Non-Aligned Movement United States' Interventions in the Third World Iran Iran's Nuclear Programme Syria Egypt Africa Latin America THE SINO-SOVIET SCHISM The Moscow Conference Nuclear Weapons The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Conflict on the Ussuri CUBA, VIETNAM AND INDONESIA Vietnam Indonesia THE WAR OF CULTURES Journalism, Architecture and Sport Religion THE PRAGUE SPRING DETENTE 1969-1979 The Middle East Ostpolitik Disarmament The Helsinki Accord Nixon and China Africa Ethiopia and Somalia The End of Detente Laos North Korea The Challenge of Poland THE ISLAMIC CHALLENGE: IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan CAMBODIA-KAMPUCHEA POST-DETENTE 1979-1985 Secret Wars Soviet Youth Culture The Third World The Iran-Contra Affair Andropov and Reagan: Missed Opportunities Oleg Gordievsky China The Iran-Iraq War GORBACHEV AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR Gorbachev and Bush Gorbachev and Europe: Our Common Home The Home Front Chernobyl The 19th Party Conference China Eastern Europe Poland Hungary The German Democratic Republic Czechoslovakia Bulgaria Albania Yugoslavia Vietnam Gorbachev Faces More Challenges The Gulf War Syria Russia Undermines the Union The Last Summit The Attempted Coup THE JUDGEMENT Why Did the Cold War Between the Superpowers Emerge in the Years to 1953? The Huge Increase in Military Budget Why Did the Cold War Come to an End? Domestic reasons External reasons Other reasons There were two main centres The Chinese Explanation Near Misses Graphs Changing Levels of Tension between the USA and the USSR during the Cold War Changing Levels of Tension between China and the USSR during the Cold War Changing Levels of Tension between the USA and China during the Cold War THE POST-COLD WAR WORLD Russia The Economy Foreign Policy Japan The United States China The Crisis in the West Religion Women Overview BRICS China in Africa Chinese Decision Making The Russian and American Pivot to Asia The South China Sea North Korea Cuba Addendum Further Reading References Index