The Cambridge History of the Cold War

TitleThe Cambridge History of the Cold War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
Series EditorLeffler, Melvyn P., and Odd Arne Westad
Number of Volumes3
Number of Pages643, 662, 694
PublisherCambridge University Press

The Cambridge History of the Cold War is a comprehensive, international history of the conflict that dominated world politics in the twentieth century. The three-volume series, written by leading international experts in the field, elucidates how the Cold War evolved from the geopolitical, ideological, economic, and socio-political environment of the two world wars and the interwar era, and explains the global dynamics of the Cold War international system. It emphasises how the Cold War bequeathed conditions, challenges and conflicts that shape international affairs today. With discussions of demography and consumption, women and youth, science and technology, ethnicity and race, the volumes encompass the social, intellectual, and economic history of the twentieth century, shedding new light on the evolution of the Cold War. Through its various geographical and national angles, the series signifies a transformation of the field from a national - primarily American - to a broader international approach.

Volume 1: Origins – examines the origins and early years of the Cold War.

Volume 2: Crises and Détente – examines the developments that made the Cold War a long-lasting international system during the 1960s and 1970s.

Volume 3: Endings – examines the evolution of the conflict from the Helsinki Conference of 1975 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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