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

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 19, 2007 - History
The Cold War shaped the world we live in today - its politics, economics, and military affairs. This book shows how the globalization of the Cold War during the last century created the foundations for most of the key conflicts we see today, including the War on Terror. It focuses on how the Third World policies of the two twentieth-century superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union - gave rise to resentments and resistance that in the end helped topple one superpower and still seriously challenge the other. Ranging from China to Indonesia, Iran, Ethiopia, Angola, Cuba, and Nicaragua, it provides a truly global perspective on the Cold War. And by exploring both the development of interventionist ideologies and the revolutionary movements that confronted interventions, the book links the past with the present in ways that no other major work on the Cold War era has succeeded in doing.
 

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This is an attempt to change the paradigm through which the Cold War is studied. Westad argues that the Cold War was not focused in Europe, but in the Third World, where the US and USSR fought proxy ... Read full review

Contents

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8
Soviet ideology
39
anticolonial politics
73
the United States
110
5
158
Southern Africa
207
Ethiopia
250
Iran and Afghanistan
288
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317
c
327
9
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, 1946950 (2003) and The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (2003).

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