In The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History, Second Edition, Don Munton and David A. Welch distill the best current scholarship on the Cuban missile crisis into a brief and accessible narrative history. The authors draw on newly available documents to provide a comprehensive treatment of its causes, events, consequences, and significance. Stressing the importance of context in relation to the genesis, conduct, and resolution of the crisis, Munton and
Welch examine events from the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban angles, revealing the vital role that differences in national perspectives played at every stage. While the book provides a concise, up-to-date look at this pivotal event, it also notes gaps and mysteries in the historical record and highlights important
persistent interpretive disputes. The authors provide a detailed guide to relevant literature and film for those who wish to explore further. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the crisis, this revised and updated edition of The Cuban Missile Crisis is ideal for undergraduate courses on the 1960s, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, twentieth-century world history, and comparative foreign policy.
New to this Edition
* Thoroughly revised to incorporate the latest scholarship
* Expanded coverage of the Cuban dimension of the crisis
* New Conclusion offers perspective on the significance of the crisis on its 50th anniversary
Don Munton is Professor and Founding Chair of International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. David A. Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security and Interim Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.
Contents ; New to the Second Edition Acknowledgments ; List of Acronyms ; Dramatis Personae (and Positions in October 1962) ; Introduction: The REAL Thirteen Days ; Chapter 1: Background to the Crisis ; U.S.-Cuban Relations in Historical Perspective ; The Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose ; The Soviet Decision to Deploy ; Chapter 2: Deployment and Discovery ; Details of the Deployment ; The Intelligence Game of Cat and Mouse ; Warnings Too Late ; On the Eve of Crisis ; Chapter 3: From Discovery to Blockade ; The Storm Before the Calm ; Narrowing the Options ; Decision ; Chapter 4: The Perfect Storm ; The Speech ; Carrots and Sticks ; Khrushchev and Kennedy Waver ; The Crisis Heats Up ; The Dobrynin Meeting ; Climax and Resolution ; Chapter 5: Aftermath ; Removing the Missiles from Cuba ; The Cuban Bomber Crisis ; The Domestic and International Public Reaction ; Steps Toward Detente: The Hot Line and Test Ban ; Conclusion: The Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years Later ; Bibliographic Essay ; Early Treatments of the Crisis ; The Second Wave: "Critical Oral History" ; Recent Accounts ; Background and History ; Aftermath and Lessons ; Document Collections and Websites ; Film ; Index