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Ending the Cold War : interpretations, causation, and the study of international relations

Title
Ending the Cold War : interpretations, causation, and the study of international relations / edited by Richard K. Herrmann and Richard Ned Lebow.
ISBN
9781403982810
1403982813
9781403963833
1403963835
9781403963840
1403963843
1403963835
1403963843
Edition
1st ed.
Published
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Physical Description
1 online resource. (viii, 248 pages).
Local Notes
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Summary
Although in hindsight the end of the Cold War was inevitable, almost no one saw it coming and there is little consensus over why it ended. A popular interpretation is that the Soviet Union was unable to compete in terms of power, especially in the area of high technology. Another interpretation gives primacy to the new ideas Gorbachev brought to the Kremlin and to the importance of leaders and domestic considerations. In this volume, prominent experts on Soviet affairs and the Cold War interrogate competing interpretations in the context of five "turning points" in the end of the Cold War. Relying on new information gathered from oral history interviews and archival research, the authors draw into doubt triumphal interpretations that rely on a single variable like the superior power of the United States and call attention to the importance of how multiple factors combined and were sequenced historically. The volume closes with chapters drawing lessons from the end of the Cold War for both policy making and theory building.
Variant and related titles
Palgrave political & international studies collection 2004.
Other formats
Print version: Ending the Cold War. 1st ed. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
April 19, 2018
Series
New visions in security.
New visions in security
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
What was the Cold War? When and why did it end? / Richard K. Herrmann and Richard Ned Lebow
Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War / Archie Brown
Regional conflicts as turning points : the Soviet and American withdrawal from Afghanistan, Angola and Nicaragua / Richard K. Herrmann
Turning points in arms control / Mattthew Evangelista
The emancipation of Eastern Europe / Jacques Lévesque
German unification / James W. Davis and William C. Wohlforth
Leadership and the end of the Cold War : a counterfactual thought experiment / George W. Breslauer and Richard Ned Lebow
Understanding the end of the Cold War as a non-linear confluence / Richard Ned Lebow and Janice Gross Stein
Learning from the end of the Cold War / Richard K. Herrmann.
Genre/Form
Electronic books.
History.
Also listed under
Herrmann, Richard K., 1952-
Lebow, Richard Ned.
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