The Resource The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991, Ronald E. Powaski

The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991, Ronald E. Powaski

Label
The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991
Title
The Cold War
Title remainder
the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991
Statement of responsibility
Ronald E. Powaski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In The Cold War, Ronald E. Powaski offers a new perspective on the great rivalry, even as he provides a coherent, concise narrative. He wastes no time in challenging the reader to think of the Cold War in new ways, arguing that the roots of the conflict are centuries old, going back to Czarist Russia and to the very infancy of the American nation. He shows that both Russia and America were expansionist nations with messianic complexes, and the people of both nations believed they possessed a unique mission in history. Except for a brief interval in 1917, Americans perceived the Russian government (whether Czarist or Bolshevik) as despotic; Russians saw the United States as conspiring to prevent it from reaching its place in the sun. U.S. military intervention in Russia's civil war, with the aim of overthrowing Lenin's upstart regime, entrenched Moscow's fears. Soviet-American relations, difficult before World War II - when both nations were relatively weak militarily and isolated from world affairs - escalated dramatically after both nations emerged as the world's major military powers. Powaski paints a portrait of the spiraling tensions with stark clarity, as each new development added to the rivalry: the Marshall Plan, the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the Berlin blockade, the formation of NATO, the first Soviet nuclear test. In this atmosphere, Truman found it easy to believe that the Communist victory in China and the Korean War were products of Soviet expansionism. He and his successors extended their own web of mutual defense treaties, covert actions, and military interventions across the globe - from the Caribbean to the Middle East and, finally to Southeast Asia, where containment famously foundered in the bog of Vietnam." "Powaski skillfully highlights the domestic politics, diplomatic maneuvers, and even psychological factors as he untangles the knot that bound the two superpowers together in conflict. Perhaps most imporant, he offers an astute assessment of the lasting distortions the struggle wrought upon American institutions, raising questions about whether anyone really won the Cold War."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Powaski, Ronald E
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E183.8.S65
LC item number
P69 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cold War
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • États-Unis
  • URSS
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
  • USA
  • Sowjetunion
  • Cold War
  • Guerre froide
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Buitenlandse betrekkingen
  • Koude Oorlog
  • Außenpolitik
  • Geschichte (1917-1991)
  • Ost-West-Konflikt
Label
The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991, Ronald E. Powaski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-331) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The United States and Czarist Russia -- The United States and the Bolshevik revolution, 1917-1933 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and the grand alliance, 1933-1945 -- Truman and containment, 1945-1953 -- Eisenhower and the globalization of the cold war, 1953-1961 -- Kennedy and Johnson: confrontation and cooperation, 1961-1969 -- Nixon, Ford, and détente, 1969-1977 -- Carter and the decline of détente, 1977-1981 -- The Reagan cold war, 1981-1989 -- George Bush and the end of the cold war, 1989-1991
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 356 pages
Isbn
9780195078510
Lccn
96024691
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34875714
  • (OCoLC)ocm34875714
Label
The Cold War : the United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991, Ronald E. Powaski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-331) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The United States and Czarist Russia -- The United States and the Bolshevik revolution, 1917-1933 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and the grand alliance, 1933-1945 -- Truman and containment, 1945-1953 -- Eisenhower and the globalization of the cold war, 1953-1961 -- Kennedy and Johnson: confrontation and cooperation, 1961-1969 -- Nixon, Ford, and détente, 1969-1977 -- Carter and the decline of détente, 1977-1981 -- The Reagan cold war, 1981-1989 -- George Bush and the end of the cold war, 1989-1991
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 356 pages
Isbn
9780195078510
Lccn
96024691
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34875714
  • (OCoLC)ocm34875714

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