The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 24, 2005 - History - 484 pages
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The Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States indelibly shaped the world we live in today--especially international politics, economics, and military affairs. This volume shows how the globalization of the Cold War during the 20th century created the foundations for most of today's key international conflicts, including the "war on terror." Odd Arne Westad examines the origins and course of Third World revolutions and the ideologies that drove the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. towards interventionism. He focuses on how these interventions gave rise to resentments and resistance that, in the end, helped to topple one and to seriously challenge the other superpower. In addition, he demonstrates how these worldwide interventions determined the international and domestic framework within which political, social and cultural changes took place in such countries as China, Indonesia, Iran, Ethiopia, Angola, Cuba, and Nicaragua. According to Westad, these changes, plus the ideologies, movements and states that interventionism stirred up, constitute the real legacy of the Cold War. Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2004 he was named head of department and co-director of the new LSE Cold War Studies Centre. Professor Westad is the author, or editor, of ten books on contemporary international history including Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950 (2003) and, with Jussi Hanhimaki, The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (2003). In addition, he is a founding editor of the journal Cold War History.
  

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Review: The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times

User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

he does need to write another 500 hundred pages, because it is incomplete. but the research impressive, and i buy the ideological argument more than i am normally apt to because he really takes you in there. i'm seeing US hegemony differently. thanks. Read full review

Review: The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times

User Review  - Anya - Goodreads

I can't really imagine how this book could get much better, which is precisely what is frustrating about it. What's brilliant about the book is that all the events are true, and the drama comes from ... Read full review

Contents

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Soviet ideology
39
anticolonial politics
73
the United States
110
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158
Southern Africa
207
Ethiopia
250
Iran and Afghanistan
288
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331
10 The Gorbachev withdrawal and the end
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Odd Arne Westad is Director of the Cold War Studies Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent publications include Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950 (2003) and The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (2003).

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