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Author Prados, John.

Title How the Cold War ended [electronic resource] : debating and doing history / John Prados.

Imprint Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2011.

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Edition 1st ed.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 301 pages).
Series Issues in the history of American foreign relations
Issues in the history of American foreign relations.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The Cold War continues to shape international relations almost twenty years after being acknowledged as the central event of the last half of the twentieth century. Interpretations of how it ended thus remain crucial to an accurate understanding of global events and foreign policy. The reasons for the Cold War's conclusion, and the timing of its ending, are disputed to this day. In this concise introduction to the Cold War and its enduring legacy, John Prados recognizes the debate between those who argue the United States was the key player in bringing it to a close and those who maintain that American actions were secondary factors. Like a crime scene investigator meticulously dissecting evidence, he applies a succession of different methods of historical analysis to illuminate the key cataclysmic events of the 1980s and early 1990s from a range of perspectives. He also incorporates evidence from European and Soviet intelligence sources into the study. The result is a stunning narrative that redefines the era, embraces debate, and deconstructs history, providing a coherent explanation for the upheavals that ended the conflict. How the Cold War Ended also provides an in-depth guide to conducting historical inquiries: how to choose a subject, how to frame a narrative, and how to conduct research and draw conclusions. Prados does this for a variety of methods of historical analysis, furnishing a how-to guide for "doing history" even as it explores a crucial case study. - Publisher.
Contents What happened : accounting for history -- Players, programs, and plots -- Alice in Wonderland : institutions, operators, and political prerogatives -- "The most dangerous decade in human history" : popular movements and global outcomes -- Blue chips, bluegrass and national pride : economics, politics, and culture -- The shadow Cold War -- How the Cold War ended.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified MiAaHDL
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
Processing Action digitized 2011 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve MiAaHDL
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Subject Cold War (1945-1989)
Cold War.
Cold War -- Historiography.
World politics -- 1945-1989.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Historiography.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Chronological Term 1945-1989
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Prados, John. How the Cold War ended. 1st ed. Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2011 9781597971744 (DLC) 2010029048 (OCoLC)428644094
ISBN 9781597976121 (electronic bk.)
1597976121 (electronic bk.)