The Cold War: A History in Documents

The Cold War A History in Documents The cold war lasted for than fifty years and polarized the world Rooted in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of the war emerged from disputes that int

  • Title: The Cold War: A History in Documents
  • Author: Allan M. Winkler
  • ISBN: 9780199765997
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The cold war lasted for than fifty years and polarized the world Rooted in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, the war emerged from disputes that intensified in the wake of World War II In The Cold War A History in Documents, Second Edition, Allan M Winkler excerpts speeches by Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and BriThe cold war lasted for than fifty years and polarized the world Rooted in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, the war emerged from disputes that intensified in the wake of World War II In The Cold War A History in Documents, Second Edition, Allan M Winkler excerpts speeches by Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and British prime minister Winston Churchill in order to demonstrate the growing abyss between the two political systems President Harry S Truman s announcement of the existence of a Soviet atomic bomb and his speech to Congress launching the Truman Doctrine testify to the gravity of the situation The complex politics of the Vietnam War appear in voices of those as divergent as Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh, President Lyndon B Johnson, antiwar protestors, and a participant in the My Lai massacre A picture essay, The Atom Unleashed, provides a collection of photographs and cartoons tracing one of the most controversial discoveries of the twentieth century And a final chapter chronicles in detail the end of the cold war.The second edition of The Cold War A History in Documents offers thorough coverage of the 1970s through the1990s The book features additional material on China and Africa, and several new images, including a Herblock editorial cartoon about the Marshall Plan and a French Communist Party poster for peace in Vietnam There is also a revised note on sources and interpretation and updates to the lists of further reading and websites.

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    1. The Cold War: A History in Documents, is a book that explains the cold war with much detail, it describes the Cold War with graphic details that make each moment seem like a thriller. I read about nuclear warfare in the cold war and I learned much about it. I learned in great detail how the events happened, when they happened, and why they happened. It described how the Cold War was elevated much by the threat of nuclear weapons. The beginning of the atomic bomb in WWII was displayed with a lett [...]

    2. I would hesitate to recommend this book. Despite its claim to rely on documents for evidence, the author’s bias toward modern liberalism is made all too evident. While Winkler does try to approach most issues more or less objectively, some statements he quotes (or makes himself) serve as windows into his own ‘progressive’ worldview. Take, for example, one towards the beginning of the book which deplores the fact that women in the US during the 1950s “could identify with nothing beyond th [...]

    3. I only learned one new thing from this book and I have already forgotten it. The person who donated it to the library had done a lot of underlining and writing in the margin. At first I was annoyed but then I realized she was right and she probably was more informed than Winkler appears, using only American sources. He also spends way too much time on McCarthyism and not enough on countries that were destroyed by the USA in the name of "capitalism" despite that these countries had democratic ele [...]

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