The Cold War: A History #2020

The Cold War: A History By MartinWalker The Cold War A History The history of the Cold War has been the history of the world since So begins this wide ranging narrative by award winning political commentator Martin Walker which is the first major study of t
  • Title: The Cold War: A History
  • Author: MartinWalker
  • ISBN: 9780805034547
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cold War: A History By MartinWalker The history of the Cold War has been the history of the world since 1954 So begins this wide ranging narrative by award winning political commentator Martin Walker, which is the first major study of the Cold War Now that it is over, it is crucial to our future to understand how the Cold War has shaped us and, especially, to recognize it as the economic and political dy The history of the Cold War has been the history of the world since 1954 So begins this wide ranging narrative by award winning political commentator Martin Walker, which is the first major study of the Cold War Now that it is over, it is crucial to our future to understand how the Cold War has shaped us and, especially, to recognize it as the economic and political dynamic that determined the structure of today s global economy.From the origins of the Marshall Plan, which revived Europe after World War II, and the strategic decision to rebuild a defeated Japan into a bulwark against China to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, this authoritative work reveals how the West was built into an economic alliance that overpowered the Soviet economy while also unleashing global economic forces that today challenge the traditional nation state.The Cold War was of a global conflict than was either of this century s two major wars far than a confrontation between states or even empires, it was, as Martin Walker puts it, a total war between economic and social systems, an industrial test to destruction Walker reminds us how easy it is to forget that there were many occasions for the late 1940s on when victory seemed far from assured, and that lent a particular urgency to the efforts of postwar Western leaders The West continued to be alarmed by the prospect of defeat right up to the Soviet empire s last breath At the end of the 1940s the fear was generated by communist expansion into Eastern Europe and China in the 1960s by the prospect of defeat in Vietnam In the 1970s the failure of d tente and the West s economic crisis brought a new generation of dedicated anti Communists to prominence For than forty years, as this detailed analysis makes clear, the outcome of the Cold War was in doubt.We also come to understand how the arms race caused new alignments and shifts in domestic power As the United States became the national security state, California, which had a population of five million at the start of the Cold War, grew to thirty million and, by the 1980s provided one in every ten members of Congress and two presidents.Using newly opened Kremlin archives and his own experiences in the field, Martin Walker has written a brilliant analysis of the conflict that has shaped the contemporary world.
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    1. MartinWalker

      Martin Walker is the U.S bureau chief for The Guardian London , a regular commentator for CNN, and a columnist for newspapers in the United States, Europe, and Moscow A published novelist and poet, he lives in Washington, D.C with his wife, the novelist Julia Watson, and their two daughters.

    770 thoughts on “The Cold War: A History”


    1. Written in 1995, The Cold War provides a good overhead view of the general political causes of the Cold War before outlining the political, economic, and military progression of the two great foes Only 360 pages, it s a brief journey through 50 tumultuous and tense years, but works well to introduce and weave together various threads of the conflict into some sort of cohesive narrative.


    2. Some might call this revisionist history, but I enjoyed it for the way it reframed the Cold War and challenged the conventional narrative


    3. Wonderful, fascinating, and educational read for anyone interested in recent history and the Cold War I knew the broad outlines of much of this, but learned copious amounts of details and some large stuff I didn t know either Got my Russian leaders straightened out in my head in time and personality accomplishments The perspective is very fair The author points out when the Soviet Union and the US were tunnel visioned and accomplished the opposite of what they intended through their policy, but [...]


    4. A comprehensive overview of the geo political and economic landscape that evolved between the US and Soviet Union in the aftermath of WWII, resulting in the world as we on both sides knew it, as children and adults back then The book covers the period from the 1945 Yalta Conference, to the perestroika policy of Mikhail Gorbachev, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s Enough detail to make it than a cursory read, and keep the interest of the history buff, or those, like me, [...]


    5. This book is my cup of tea It has vivid description of all the major events during the Cold War and provides a fairly balanced perspective Not only does it deal with the political events of the war spanned over four decades, but also it encompasses the economic scenarios of the period Along with unveiling why America had to make an about face on its policy to disarm west Germany and Japan, this book explains how the Vietnam war fueled Japan s economic boom Even though there were times when the d [...]


    6. Very interesting overview of the Cold War I did not know much about the Cold War, because I wasn t old enough to experience it, and it doesn t get as much history coverage as the real wars This was a great book from that perspective, as it briefly summarizes the different events from beginning to end One negative being that sometimes I was very interested in certain events such as the end of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis and the descriptions are brief The other negative is that this [...]


    7. Well, this was another pretty good history book for me It was a condensed review of the Cold War covering not only military but political, economic and social events that had some sore of impact either on the the Cold War or because of it I only have two issues with the book in that I think the author rushed it in order to be one of the first books out on the Cold War and that at the end he has a rather scathing review of the Reagan Thatcher era and capitalism which I think was a little over the [...]


    8. Very informative all points of current history covered Each decade of time represented with lots of views, outlooks and insights So well written and documented you remember things forgotten, learn information new to you, and see the differences today.


    9. Decent overview of th Cold War, hitting all the highlights though Nixon s relation making with China is barely mentioned There are lots of surveys of the Cold War out there, and there isn t much here to distinguish it from the other works.



    10. This book is so chopped full of information that it s almost hard to read However, it is a nice middle ground account of the Cold War.



    11. Read this for grad school, ages ago Had a lot of good information, but I actually think you could get almost all of it coherently and pretty comprehensively from just reading the afterword.




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