The Cold War dominated the world political arena for forty-five years. Focusing on the international system and on events in all parts of the globe, Melvyn P. Leffler and David S. Painter have brought together a truly international collection of articles that provide a fresh and comprehensive analysis of the origins of the Cold War.
During the ten years preceding this book's publication in 1984, a good deal of material on Britain's role in Allied relations during the Second World War had become available at the Public Record Office in London.
In September 1946, the Soviet ambassador to the United States, Nikolai Novikov, sent a 19-page cable to Foreign Minister Molotov describing the likely direction of U.S. foreign policy in the postwar period. Recently discovered in the Soviet archives, the Novikov telegram parallels the famous "Long Telegram" of U.S. diplomat George Kennan. Published here for the first time in English, Novikov's telegram is presented alongside Kennan's cable and a similar telegram by British diplomat Frank Roberts.
"A swift-paced, absorbing account of the dangerous political maneuvers that engaged America with both China and the Soviet Union during the years between 1948 and 1972. . . . Chang's account is impressively documented with once-classified records. . . . This is a scrupulously detailed history; scholarly and at the same time filled with incident, insight, and personality. . . . Chang paints a fascinating picture." San Francisco Chronicle
Using recently uncovered archival materials, personal interviews, and a broad familiarity with Russian history and culture, two young Russian historians have written a major interpretation of the Cold War as seen from the Soviet shore.
In this long-awaited sequel to his acclaimed Russia's Road to the Cold War, Vojtech Mastny offers a masterful history of the birth of the Cold War, drawing on extensive research in newly opened Soviet archives.
R. Craig Nation provides the first post-Cold War history of the Soviets' seventy-five-year struggle to maintain an effective national security policy in a hostile world without altogether abandoning the commitment to their original internationalist ideals.
Dobrynin, a close associate of U.S. presidents and Soviet premiers for 24 years, writes a first-hand account of both sides of the Cold War diplomatic struggle. "Informative, wise, even hilarious at times, with perceptive assessments of U.S. presidents."--Don Oberdorfer, diplomatic correspondent, The Washington Post.