The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2013 - History - 275 pages
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This book offers students and scholars a survey of the evolution of American foreign policy during a key period in recent history, the era of superpower detente and global transformation in the 1960s and 1970s. Describing detente as not only an era but also a strategy of waging the Cold War, the author examines the reasons that led to the rise of detente, explores the highlights of the era's reduced East-West tensions, and explains the causes of detente's demise. The author addresses many questions: What were the long-term and short-term causes of detente? Was it a policy invented in the United States or adopted under pressure from abroad? Did it represent a radical break with the past a move from idealism to realism or was it simply an attempt to prolong the Cold War bipolarity within the international system? Was detente a policy that grew from weakness and doubt (caused particularly by the Vietnam War)? What were its main achievements and shortcomings? What led to its end? In conclusion, he evaluates the role of detente in the dismantling of the Cold War international system.

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Crises Challenges and
Revolution War and the Birth of Détente
Nixon Kissinger and Détente in Europe
Carter Human Rights
Iran Afghanistan and
Memorandum of Understanding between the United
JacksonVanik Amendment to the 1974 Trade Law
Cabinet Meeting Memorandum of Conversation
Jimmy Carters Commencement Address at Notre
National Security Council Meeting on the Horn of Africa
Ambassador Dobrynin on U S Soviet Relations July
Reasons to Invade Afghanistan December 27 1979
Soviet Analysis of the Impact of the Soviet Intervention

Nixons Address at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco
NATO Council on Future Relations with the Warsaw Pact
Willy Brandt and Henry Kissinger on West German
Telegram from Ambassador Dobrynin to the Soviet
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