One World Divisible: A Global History Since 1945

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - History - 861 pages
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Global change has accelerated at an unprecedented pace in the last half-century. The trajectory of change points in different directions, with the world growing at once more interconnected and more fragmented. Commerce and migrations, television and the World Wide Web suggest a story of growing interconnection, while at the same time the proliferation of nation-states and the divisions rooted in religion, race, and material inequality tell of separation and conflict. David Reynolds's brilliant history captures both themes and grounds them vividly in the people and events of the last fifty years. Reynolds captures the great political events: the Cold War, the Chinese revolution, independence movements, Vietnam, and the fall of the Soviet Union, and broader developments: economic and population growth, the spread of cities, vast technological change, genetic manipulation, and the creation of a digital world. Carefully avoiding an encyclopedic approach, Reynolds integrates these themes into a narrative with authority, vision, and style. A volume in the Global Century series, books by outstanding scholars on the history of the world in the twentieth century—general editor, Paul Kennedy.
  

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Contents

The Mushroom Cloud an the Iron Curtain The Cover Story That Never Was
9
Communist Revolutions Asian Stvle
37
Japan under US Occupation
39
China and the Endgame of Civil War
42
The Cold War Turns Hot
46
Consolidating Unity and Revolution in China
54
Nationalism and Communism in Southeast Asia
58
The Limits of Independence
65
New Indochina WarsCommunist against Communist
356
Afghanistan the Olympics and the Demise of Detente
362
Israel Oil and Islam
369
Arab Gamble Superpower Crisis
370
Israel Egypt and the Palestinians
376
The Gulf States and the Oil Boom
382
The Iranian Revolution and Islamic Resurgence
390
Capitalist Revolutions Asian Style
403

Legacies of Empire
67
The Partition of India
68
One Land Two Peoples
76
The Middle East after Britain and France
80
Africa and the Persistence of Imperialism
88
The White Commonweal I If between Britain and America
98
Our Hemisphere and Their Island
102
Two Europes Two Germanics
108
The Socialist Transformation of Eastern Europe
109
East and West
117
Capitalism Welfare and Integration
122
The Bomb and the Wall
131
Cities and Consumers
136
Births and Deaths
137
Cities and Buildings
144
Suburbs and Automobiles
154
The Culture of Consumption
157
Eyeball to Eyeball Shoulder to Shoulder
166
Eisenhower Khrushchev and the Space Race
167
Kenimlv Khrushchev and Cuba
175
De Gaulle and the Travails of Western Europe
182
Dubcek and the Taming of Eastern Europe
194
Color Creed and Coups
200
The Politics of Race in Black and White
201
Ethnicity and Conflict in Black Africa
213
Development and the Militarv in Latin America
219
Christianitv between Church and State
226
Holy War in the Middle East
234
Politics Religion and Nationalism in South Asia
242
East Wind West Wind
249
The ireat Leap and the Cultural Revolution
250
Southeast Asia and Indonesias Turning Point
261
Americas Anguish Vietnams Tragedv
271
The Vietnam War and Americas Allies
286
Cultures and Families
289
The Consumption of Culture
290
Educational Revolutions
301
Women on the Move
308
Superpower Detente Communist Confrontation
322
America Russia China
323
West Germanv Looks East
333
Western Europe Looks North and South
338
America in Retreat Detente in Decline
347
The West and Stagflation
404
The Japanese Miracle
411
The Asian Tigers
420
The Tiger Cubs
427
The Chinese Dragon
435
The Indian Elephant
441
Challenges for the West
452
Thatcherism Reaganomics and the Crisis of Capitalism
453
Debt Democracv and Revolution
459
The Collapse of the State
471
The New Cold War and Transatlantic Turmoil
481
Chips and Genes
494
Science Business and Government
495
Telecommunications and the Satellite Revolution
498
Computers and ihe Electronics Revolution
506
The Information Societv and International Rivalries
515
Molecular Biology and I he Revolution in Genetics
519
Nuclear Power and the Environmental Counterrevolution
527
The Crisis of Communism
539
Gorbachev and the New Thinking
540
The European Revolutions of l18
550
German Unification and European Union
561
Soviet DisUnion
569
The Chinese Exception
576
States Wealth and Order after the Cold War
586
Iraq Israel and the Search for Peace in the Middle
587
Povertv and Despotism in SubSah a ran Africa
598
Opening Up Economies States and Region
609
Postcommunism and the Redefinition of Europe
617
The Crisis of Asian Values?
630
Goods and Values
644
Solitary Superpower Anxious Americans
645
Globalization and Its Discontents
650
Fail hand Doubt
657
Creating Life?
666
Sustaining Life
672
Social Life
679
Epilogue
693
Further Reading
703
Notes
711
Illustration Credits
821
Index
823
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About the author (2001)

David Reynolds is an author and educator known for his historical and political works, many of which chronicle the relationship between the United States and Great Britain. Reynolds was born in 1952 in Orpington, England. He is married to an architect and has one child. Reynolds attended Cambridge University where he received his Ph.D. Reynolds's first work, The Creation of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1937-1942: A Study in Competitive Co-operation, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1982. It won the Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Reynolds also wrote Rich Relations: The American Occupation of Britain, 1942-1945, (1995) and more recently, has done research on the Cold War Era. Reynolds is an historical advisor for a BBC/PBS production about the historical relationship between the two countries. Reynolds has been a visiting fellow at both Cambridge University and at Harvard University. He and his family live in Cambridge, England, but summer in New Hampshire.

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