"The most lucid, comprehensive, intelligent and reliable account of post-war modern history on the market." Teaching Politics
"The book compels admiration for its thoroughness, its scope, the masterly ordering of its immense material." The Sunday Times
The ninth edition of this enormously successful standard work has been expanded to take into account the developments of the last 10 years, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan; the accelerating emergence of India and China as major powers; the major political developments in Latin America, including the rise and perhaps fall of Chavez in Venezuela; the march of globalisation and the popular protest movements against; the expansion eastwards of the European Union; instability in the Middle East and the question of oil and energy supply.
Marked throughout by Calvocoressi's characteristic erudition and elegance, World Politics since 1945 is essential reading for those who need to understand the great sweeps of contemporary history
About the author: Peter Calvocoressi (who turns 97 this year) has had a remarkable life. During the war he worked at Bletchley Park as part of the Ultra intelligence team; he was sent to Nuremberg by the Joint Intelligence Committee, where he provided advice to the four chief prosecutors; in the post-war period he succeeded Arnold Toynbee and wrote the annual survey for the Royal Institute of International Affairs; from 1961 to 1971 he was on the council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and served as chair of their Africa Bureau; during the same period he served on the United Nations Working Group on Minorities; on top of which he managed to develop distinguished ancillary careers in publishing, journalism, academia, and, of course, as an author of over twenty books
World Politics Since 1945 Peter Calvocoressi Table of Contents List of Maps Acknowledgements Introduction PART ONE: THE COLD WAR 1 The Cold War Beginnings The division of Germany Nato and the Soviet empire to the Cuban crisis The arms race The perplexities of the United States The disintegration of the USSR The limits of superpower PART TWO: THE FAR EAST 2 Japan 3 China The triumph of Mao China and the superpowers Resurrection Xinjiang and Tibet 4 Korea PART THREE: EUROPE REMODELLED 5 Western Europe Recovery Franco-German entente Britain on the edge European Union (west) European Union (east - west) The southern flank 6 Central and eastern Europe Stalin's empire After Stalin End of empire 7 Yugoslavia and Albania Federated Yugoslavia Dissolution: Serbs, Croats and Slovenes Partition: Bosnia-Herzegovina Kosovo Macedonia and Albania Notes A Northern Ireland B The Basques C Cyprus PART FOUR: THE MIDDLE EAST 8 Islam 9 Turkey 10 The Arabs and Israel to the Suez War The creation of Israel Arab revolutions The Suez War 11 From Suez to the death of Nasser Reassessments The decline of Nasser and the Six-Day War 12 The destruction of Lebanon The Yom Kippur War Civil war Camp David Israel's invasion of Lebanon 13 Towards a Palestinian State King Hussein's diplomacy Israel's dilemma 14 Iran and Gulf Wars Oil and nationalism The shah and the ayatollah Saddam Hussein Kuwait and the Gulf War The destruction of Iraq 15 The Arabian Peninsula The Saudi kingdom The southern fringe Britain and the Persian Gulf Notes A The Kurds B The Shi'ites C Sectarian violence PART FIVE: SOUTH ASIA 16 The Indian subcontinent The first partition Northern borders: Tibet, Kashmir, the Himalayan states The second partition 17 The Indo-Chinese peninsula 18 South-east Asia and ASEAN 19 Afghanistan Notes A Central Asia B Sri Lanka PART SIX: AFRICA 20 General 21 North Africa The Maghrib Libya and Chad 22 West Africa Independence The coastal loop from Senegal to Benin Landlocked: Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger Nigeria 23 Central Africa Congo-Zaire-Congo Rwanda and Burundi West Central Africa 24 East Africa Sudan Darfur The Horn Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya 25 Africa's deep south The legacy of Cecil Rhodes Mozambique-Angola-Namibia South Africa 26 Russians, Cubans, Chinese Notes A The Malagasy Republic and the Indian Ocean B Botswana, Lesotho, Ngwane C The Homelands or Bantustans PART SEVEN: LATIN AMERICA 27 South America General 28 Central America 29 Cuba and the Caribbean Note Guyana and Surinam PART EIGHT: WORLD ORDER 30 World Order Preventing wars Preventing economic disasters Neutralism and realignment Poverty Notes A Canada B Very small states C The Poles D The law of the sea APPENDIX: THE SOVEREIGN STATE Index