Cold War/Cold World

Knowledge, Representation, and the Outside in Cold War Culture and Contemporary Art

Author: Amanda Beech,Robin Mackay (Philosopher),James Wiltgen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995455085

Category: Cold War in popular culture

Page: 111

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A multidisciplinary collection of essays reflecting on Cold War cultural tropes in film, fiction, and contemporary art, and the models of knowledge that they imply. If the term "Cold World" describes a world of infinite complexity, algorithmic capital, and the technological sublime, in many ways the dread experienced during the Cold War, when clear oppositions were laid out between nation states, is echoed in the hall of mirrors of Cold World globalization, where our collective consciousness is overtaken by a flood of difference, uncertainty, and the dread of the incomputability of this alien yet constructed world. But what is the crime scene of the Cold World? How is it to be decrypted? Where are its discontinuities, what is the nature of its violence? This is to say, what is our place in this alien world and how do we even compute the "we" that we describe ourselves to be? Given the existential uncertainty unleashed for those who lived through the Cold War, but whose repercussions are in many ways amplified, relayed, and replayed in a new form for those who must now survive what has been called the "Cold World"--that of technological subjectivation, political malaise, cultural dysphoria, and ecological crisis--this terrain comprises an experiential and experimental horizon that prompts many to pose, and to stage in myriad forms, a fundamental question: "What will we of make of ourselves?" Cold War/Cold World documents a research project in progress that attempts to evaluate and respond to this fundamental shock to the system, examining attempts to render knowable, representable, or figurable the looming threats of both Cold War and Cold World--the common denominator being a distressed attempt to inquire into the dynamics of a real that seems in excess over understanding and the means of politics traditionally conceived; and a concomitant temptation to abandon any intelligent collective engagement in favour of a pragmatics that limits itself to wrestling with local contingencies, or an aesthetics mesmerised by a global sublime.

The Cold World They Made

Author: Ron Robin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674046579

Category: History

Page: 365

View: 1178

Ron Robin looks at the original power couple of strategic studies who, during the most dangerous military standoff in history, gained access to the deepest corridors of power. The Wohlstetters’ legacy was kept alive by disciples in George W. Bush’s administration, and their signature brilliance and hubris continue to shape U.S. policy today.

From Cold War to Collapse

Theory and World Politics in the 1980s

Author: Mike Bowker,Robin Brown

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521426121

Category: Political Science

Page: 183

View: 8840

A review of the survival of International Relations theories after the collapse of the Cold War.

The World the Cold War Made

Order, Chaos and the Return of History

Author: James E. Cronin,Cronin James

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415908214

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 8833

The World the Cold War Made examines the Cold War and its lasting legacy by carefully exploring the creation and structure of the postwar settlement; its successes, failures and adaptations; and the eventual coming apart of the post war order in the 1980s and early 1990s. James Cronin shows how this legacy has allowed some nations and industries to grow but has blocked others' paths to economic development. States whose very identities are threatened and whose positions within the larger community are in flux struggle to find a path to prosperity, while a competitive logic sharply limits the options available to them. At the same time, Cronin states, the end of the Cold War has removed powerful external constraints on the political choices of nations, allowing previously disenfranchised peoples the freedom to chart distinctive paths into the next century that are more responsive to their own histories.--Publisher description.

Cold War: a World History

A World History The

Author: Odd Arne Westad

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780141979915


Page: 720

View: 9055

As Germany and then Japan surrendered in 1945 there was a tremendous hope that a new and much better world could be created from the moral and physical ruins of the conflict. Instead, the combination of the huge power of the USA and USSR and the near-total collapse of most of their rivals created a unique, grim new environment- the Cold War. For over forty years the demands of the Cold War shaped the life of almost all of us. Europe was seemingly split in two indefinitely. This is a book of extraordinary scope and daring. It is conventional to see the first half of the 20th century as a nightmare and the second half as a reprieve. Westad shows that for much of the world the second half was by most measures even worse.

The Cold War in the Third World

Author: Robert J. McMahon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199768692

Category: History

Page: 229

View: 9470

This collection explores the complex interrelationships between the Soviet-American struggle for global preeminence and the rise of the Third World. Featuring original essays by twelve leading scholars, it examines the influence of Third World actors on the course of the Cold War.

Cold War


Author: iMinds

Publisher: iMinds Pty Ltd

ISBN: 192176158X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 1

View: 1523

For nearly half of the twentieth century, the two most powerful countries in the world were also two great enemies. The Cold War was a time of great tension between the USA and the Soviet Union, led by Russia. It lasted from the end of World War Two in 1945, until about 1991. Russia was a communist country, and the USA was the largest capitalist country in the world.

From World War to Cold War

Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s

Author: David Reynolds

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191608661

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 4726

The 1940s was probably the most dramatic and decisive decade of the 20th century. This volume explores the Second World War and the origins of the Cold War from the vantage point of two of the great powers of that era, Britain and the USA, and of their wartime leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt. It also looks at their chequered relations with Stalin and at how the Grand Alliance crumbled into an undesired Cold War. But this is not simply a story of top-level diplomacy. David Reynolds explores the social and cultural implications of the wartime Anglo-American alliance, particularly the impact of nearly three million GIs on British life, and reflects more generally on the importance of cultural issues in the study of international history. This book persistently challenges popular stereotypes - for instance on Churchill in 1940 or his Iron Curtain speech. It probes cliches such as 'the special relationship' and even 'the Second World War'. And it offers new views of the familiar, such as the Fall of France in 1940 or Franklin Roosevelt as 'the wheelchair president'. Incisive and readable, written by a leading international historian, these essays encourage us to rethink our understanding of this momentous period in world history.

Security Issues in the Post-cold War World

Author: M. Jane Davis

Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub


Category: Political Science

Page: 248

View: 5411

. . . the book makes a significant contribution to the contemporary literature on the meaning and scope of security, as well as providing some useful insights into how traditional and emerging security issues are affecting individual states and regions. It will be of particular value to undergraduates and those who wish to gain an introduction to the complex world of international security. Alan Dupont, Australian Journal of International Affairs The book offers a distinctive critical analysis of security issues in the world s regions that remained in spite of the end of global bipolarity. . . many of [the essays] would be interesting and useful for scholars and students of international relations, and of the security issues of Europe, the ASEAN countries, and the Middle East. Alfia Abazova, Pacifica Review The end of the Cold War revolutionized East West relations, yet we still live in an ungoverned world of states which recognize no authority above themselves and whose conduct is minimally constrained by considerations of law and morality. Security Issues in the Post-Cold War World focuses on the changing international security agenda and the serious political instabilities many rooted in ethnic nationalisms and long-standing border disputes which have resurfaced with the end of the Cold War. After essays re-examining perennial security problems including collective security, nuclear proliferation and environmental security a series of regional studies focuses on the particular problems facing Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Drawing on a wide body of analysis and research on the international system, the contributors to this volume conclude that, despite the ending of the Cold War, security , whether defined narrowly or widely, is a scarce commodity.

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Author: Richard H. Immerman,Petra Goedde

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199236968

Category: History

Page: 660

View: 7373

Thirty four essays by a team of leading scholars offering a broad reassessment of the cold war, calling into question orthodox ways of ordering the chronology of the period and presenting new insights into the global dimension of the conflict.

Stalin's Wars

From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953

Author: Geoffrey Roberts

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300112047

Category: History

Page: 468

View: 3787

This breakthrough book provides a detailed reconstruction of Stalin’s leadership from the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 to his death in 1953. Making use of a wealth of new material from Russian archives, Geoffrey Roberts challenges a long list of standard perceptions of Stalin: his qualities as a leader; his relationships with his own generals and with other great world leaders; his foreign policy; and his role in instigating the Cold War. While frankly exploring the full extent of Stalin’s brutalities and their impact on the Soviet people, Roberts also uncovers evidence leading to the stunning conclusion that Stalin was both the greatest military leader of the twentieth century and a remarkable politician who sought to avoid the Cold War and establish a long-term detente with the capitalist world. By means of an integrated military, political, and diplomatic narrative, the author draws a sustained and compelling personal portrait of the Soviet leader. The resulting picture is fascinating and contradictory, and it will inevitably change the way we understand Stalin and his place in history. Roberts depicts a despot who helped save the world for democracy, a personal charmer who disciplined mercilessly, a utopian ideologue who could be a practical realist, and a warlord who undertook the role of architect of post-war peace.

The Cold War through Documents

A Global History

Author: Edward H. Judge,John W. Langdon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538109271

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 7374

This comprehensive collection of carefully edited documents traces the rise and fall of the Cold War. Set in historical context by the editors’ concise introductions and followed by thoughtful discussion questions, the documents are arranged in chronological order, starting with the Yalta Conference and ending with Gorbachev’s resignation speech.

The Post-Cold War International System

Strategies, Institutions and Reflexivity

Author: Ewan Harrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134334702

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 410

The end of the Cold War has opened up a 'real world laboratory' in which to test and refine general theories of international relations. Using the frameworks provided by structural realism, institutionalism and liberalism, The Post-Cold War International System examines how major powers responded to the collapse of the Soviet Union and developed their foreign policies over the period of post-Cold War transition. The book argues that the democratic peace has begun to generate powerful socialisation effects, due to the emergence of a critical mass of liberal democratic states since the end of the Cold War. The trend this has produced is similar to a pattern that classical realists have interpreted as 'bandwagoning' within a unipolar power structure. Case studies of Germany, China and Japan - identified as key states with the potential to challenge US dominance - provide evidence to support the assessment of international change. The author concludes by exploring the implications of September 11th for the analysis developed. This important volume argues that the end of the Cold War was a major historical turning point in the development of world politics with fundamental implications for the basic way in which the dynamics of the international system are conceptualised.

Religion and the Cold War

A Global Perspective

Author: Philip Emil Muehlenbeck

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 0826518524

Category: History

Page: 314

View: 1660

An array of essays explores how religion affected the ideological and military clashes around the globe during the 20th century's Cold War. Simultaneous. Book available.

The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Robert J. McMahon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192801783

Category: History

Page: 185

View: 373

How, when, and why did the Cold War begin? Why did it last so long? What impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, what difference did it make to the broader history of the second half of the twentieth century? This clear and stimulating interpretive overview of the Cold War will both invite debate and encourage deeper investigation.

International Relations Since the End of the Cold War

New and Old Dimensions

Author: Geir Lundestad

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199666431

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 8117

In International Relations Since the End of the Cold War many of the world's leading scholars examine the Cold War legacy. The authors examine several key issues including: the relationship between democracy and peace, the Cold War and the Third World, superpowers, the role of post-Cold War nuclear weapons.

De-centering Cold War History

Local and Global Change

Author: Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney,Fabio Lanza

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415636396

Category: History

Page: 231

View: 847

De-Centering Cold War History challenges the Cold War master narratives that focus on super-power politics by shifting our analytical perspective to include local-level experiences and regional initiatives that were crucial to the making of a Cold War world. Cold War histories are often told as stories of national leaders, state policies and the global confrontation that pitted a Communist Eastern Bloc against a Capitalist West. Taking a new analytical approach this book reveals unexpected complexities in the historical trajectory of the Cold War. Contributions from an international group of scholars take a fresh look at historical agency in different places across the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This collaborative effort shapes a street-level history of the global Cold War era, one that uses the analysis of the 'local' to rethink and reframe the wider picture of the 'global', connecting the political negotiations of individuals and communities at the intersection of places and of meeting points between 'ordinary' people and political elites to the Cold War at large. Essential reading for all students of Cold War history.

Seeking Meaning, Seeking Justice in a Post-Cold War World

Author: Judith Keene,Elizabeth Rechniewski

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004361677

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 5430

Seeking Meaning, Seeking Justice in the Post-Cold War World, edited by Judith Keene and Elizabeth Rechniewski, addresses the diverse modes by which the Cold War is being re-assessed, with major focus on countries on the periphery of Cold War confrontation.

The Global Cold War

Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times

Author: Odd Arne Westad

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139643827

Category: History

Page: N.A

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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.