Rethinking the Cold War

9781566395625: Paperback
Release Date: 11th November 1997

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 309

Series Critical Perspectives On The P

Temple University Press

Rethinking the Cold War

The end of the Cold War should have been an occasion to reassess its origins, history, significance, and consequences. Yet most commentators have restated positions already developed during the Cold War. They have taken the break-up of the Soviet Union, the shift toward capitalism and electoral politics in Eastern Europe and countries formerly in the USSR as evidence of a moral and political victory for the United States that needs no further elaboration. This collection of essays offers a more complex and nuanced analysis of Cold War history. It challenges the prevailing perspective, which editor Allen Hunter terms \u0022vindicationism.\u0022 Writing from different disciplinary and conceptual vantage points, the contributors to the collection invite a rethinking of what the Cold War was, how fully it defined the decades after World War II, what forces sustained it, and what forces led to its demise. By exploring a wide range of central themes of the era, Rethinking the Cold War widens the discussion of the Cold War's place in post-war history and intellectual life.
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The end of the Cold War should have been an occasion to reassess its origins, history, significance, and consequences. Yet most commentators have restated positions already developed during the Cold War. They have taken the break-up of the Soviet Union, the shift toward capitalism and electoral politics in Eastern Europe and countries formerly in the USSR as evidence of a moral and political victory for the United States that needs no further elaboration. This collection of essays offers a more complex and nuanced analysis of Cold War history. It challenges the prevailing perspective, which editor Allen Hunter terms \u0022vindicationism.\u0022 Writing from different disciplinary and conceptual vantage points, the contributors to the collection invite a rethinking of what the Cold War was, how fully it defined the decades after World War II, what forces sustained it, and what forces led to its demise. By exploring a wide range of central themes of the era, Rethinking the Cold War widens the discussion of the Cold War's place in post-war history and intellectual life.

CONTENTS

Introduction: The Limits of Vindicationist Scholarship
Allen Hunter

Part I  Creating the Cold War

1   Rethinking the Cold War and After: From Containment to Enlargement
     Walter LaFeber

2   Rethinking the Division of Germany
     Carolyn Eisenberg

3   Revising Postrevisionism: Credibility and Hegemony in the Early Cold War
     Thomas D. Lairson

Part II   Decentering the Cold War: Looking South
 
4   A Requiem for the Cold War: Reviewing the History of International Relations since 1945
     Cary Fraser

5   Cold War, Capital Accumulation, and Labor Control in Latin America: The Closing of a Cycle, 1945-1990
     Ian Roxborough

6   Castro in Harlem: A Cold War Watershed
     Brenda Gayle Plummer

Part III   Ending the Cold War

7   The End of the Cold War and Why We Failed to Predict It
     Michael Cox

8   Mythmaking about the Character of the Cold War
     Charles W. Kegley Jr. and Shannon Lindsey Blanton

9   Nations and Blocs: Toward a Theory of the Political Economy of the Interstate Model in Europe
     Mary Kaldor

10   Warsaw Pact Socialism: Detente and the Disintegration of the Soviet Bloc
        Harriet Friedmann

11   After the Cold War: International Relations in the Period of the Latest "New World Order"
       Ronen Palan

Part IV   Disciplined Knowledge and Alternative Visions

12   Academic Research Protocols and the Pax Americana: American Economics during the Cold War Era
        Michael A. Bernstein

13   Hannah Arendt as Dissenting Intellectual
        Jeffrey C. Isaac

14   William Appleman Williams: Grassroots against Empire
        Paul Buhle

About the Contributors

Allen Hunter is Administrative Director, A.E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin.