A Military History of the Cold War, 1962–1991
Study of the Cold War all too often shows us the war that wasn’t fought. The reality, of course, is that many “hot” conflicts did occur, some with the great powers' weapons and approval, others without. It is this reality, and this period of quasi-war and semiconflict, that Jonathan M. House plumbs in A Military History of the Cold War, 1962–1991, a complex case study in the Clausewitzian relationship between policy and military force during a time of global upheaval and political realignment.
This volume opens a new perspective on three fraught decades of Cold War history, revealing how the realities of time, distance, resources, and military culture often constrained and diverted the inclinations or policies of world leaders. In addition to the Vietnam War and nuclear confrontations between the USSR and the United States, this period saw dozens of regional wars and insurgencies fought throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Cuba, Pakistan, Indonesia, Israel, Egypt, and South Africa pursued their own goals in ways that drew the superpowers into regional disputes. Even clashes ostensibly unrelated to the politics of East-West confrontation, such as the Nigerian-Biafran conflict, the Falklands/Malvinas War, and the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, involved armed forces, weapons, and tactics developed for the larger conflict and thus come under House’s scrutiny. His study also takes up nontraditional or specialized aspects of the period, including weapons of mass destruction, civil-military relations, civil defense, and control of domestic disorders.
The result is a single, integrated survey and analysis of a complex period in geopolitical history, which fills a significant gap in our knowledge of the organization, logistics, operations, and tactics involved in conflict throughout the Cold War.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Year of Disasters 19791980
Schadenfreude for the Soviets
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Conflict in the 1980s
Other editions - View all
action addition administration advisers African air force Airborne aircraft American apparently armed armed forces armored Army ARVN attack attempted battalion battle became began believed bombing border brigades British chief Chinese civil civilian Cold combat commander communications communist conducted continued conventional Corps Cuban defense Department developed Division East effective efforts equipment especially fire five foreign four ground groups Guard headquarters helicopters Henry Kissinger increased independence Indian infantry initial insurgency intelligence involved Israeli issues Joint killed land later leaders limited major March marine military missile Moscow moved naval navy North nuclear October officers operations organization Pakistan party PAVN political President region remained response result Secretary ship sides significant soldiers South Soviet Soviet Union staff strategic strike tactical tanks troops United various Vietnam Vietnamese Washington weapons West Western withdrawal