Cold War Endgame: Oral History, Analysis, Debates

Front Cover
William C. Wohlforth
Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - History
0 Reviews

Cold War Endgame is the product of an unusual collaborative effort by policy makers and scholars to promote better understanding of how the Cold War ended. It includes the transcript of a conference, hosted by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Soviet Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh, in which high-level veterans of the Bush and Gorbachev governments shared their recollections and interpretations of the crucial events of 1989&–91: the revolutions in Eastern Europe; the reunification of Germany; the Persian Gulf War; the August 1991 coup; and the collapse of the USSR.

Taking this testimony as a common reference and drawing on the most recent evidence available, six chapters follow in which historians and political scientists explore the historical and theoretical puzzles presented by this extraordinary transition. This discussion features a debate over the relative importance of ideas, personality, and economic pressures in explaining the Cold War's end.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Forging a New Relationship
15
The Unification of Germany
49
The Persian Gulf War
77
Countdown to the Collapse of the Soviet Union
115
Analysis
139
Once Burned Twice Shy? The Pause of 1989
141
Trust Bursting Out All Over The Soviet Side of German Unification
175
Debates
205
Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War Different Perspectives on the Historical Personality
207
The Roads Not Taken Causality and Contingency in Analysis of the Cold Wars End
243
Economic Constraints and the End of the Cold War
273
Conclusion
311
Failure or Learning Opportunity? The End of the Cold War and Its Implications for International Relations Theory
313
Participants and Contributors
337
Index
341
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2010)

William C. Wohlforth is Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth. He is the editor of Witnesses to the End of the Cold War (1996) and author of The Elusive Balance: Power and Perceptions During the Cold War (1993).

Bibliographic information