Using extensive materials from both published and private sources, this concise text focuses on U.S./Soviet diplomacy to explain the causes and consequences of the Cold War. The thesis allows for use of anecdote and quotation to exemplify the policies.
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New final chapter on the foreign policy of the Clinton and Yeltsin-Putin presidencies, as well as an introduction to the initial foreign-policy ideas of George W. Bush's administration.
This new chapter and others note the effects of the technology revolution that took hold in the 1980s and 1990s.
All chapters have been revised to include recent scholarship and materials from openings of the U.S., Soviet, and Chinese archives.
A Website featuring relevant primary source documents and Web links accompanies this edition.
Clearly identifies major policymakers and explores major crises in the post-1945 world.
The thesis is exemplified by anecdotes and quotes from primary sources.
The author looks at how the Cold War was shaped by domestic events in both U.S. and Soviet Union. Although it has a strong U.S./Soviet base, it attempts to teach students to understand other points of view Chinese, Latin American, European, and Vietnamese.
Walter Lafeber was born and raised in Indiana, attended Hanover College, and then received his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His books include The American Age: U.S. Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad Since 1750 (2nd ed., 1994); Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America (2nd ed., 1993); The Panama Canal: The Crisis in Historical Perspective (2nd ed., 1989); and The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1865-1898 (1963). He also wrote The American Search for Opportunity, Volume II of the Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations (1994). Since 1968, Professor Lafeber has been the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of American History at Cornell University, and in 1994, he was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow.
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