America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991 (Cambridge by Warren I. Cohen

By Warren I. Cohen

This can be a chic and concise heritage of yank overseas kin throughout the chilly struggle period, according to the latest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold warfare viewpoint. the entire significant international coverage concerns, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the war of words to Asia, the center East, and in other places at the outer edge; wars in Korea and Vietnam; crises related to the Taiwan Straits, Berlin, and Cuba; the increase and fall of detente; imperial overreach; and the severe roles of Reagan and Gorbachev within the Eighties are rigorously analyzed and obviously defined.

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The overblown rhetoric Kennan used in his dispatches and his famous "X" article in Foreign Affairs (July 1947) was designed to gain attention, to shock readers into recognition of the existence of a serious problem. Acheson and others of Truman's aides shared a similar belief in the need to shock Congress and the American public into recognition of an external threat worthy of their attention and their money. In the American political system, presidential mastery over Congress is often limited, especially when it is controlled by the opposition.

Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Origins of the Cold War that the Truman Doctrine did not apply everywhere, that each situation would be judged on its merits, and that China was different. Yet more insidious was the question of why the Truman administration was so eager to stop communism abroad when it was doing so little to check its advance at home.

On the basis of their historic experience of Western hostility and confronted by superior American power, the benign use of which could not be assured, Soviet leaders took a series of actions designed to enhance their national security. But each step they took to add to their security was viewed by American leaders as detracting from the security of the United States. Eventually, the United States responded with policies to enhance its security — which the Soviets saw imperiling their own. Each nation defined its own policies as defensive but saw the other's as threatening.

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