This Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy during the Cold War offers readers a comprehensive, accessible survey of the principal actors and events involved in the making of United States foreign policy during a crucial period in the nation's history. The Cold War saw the United States acquire superpower status, and to be closely involved in events around the globe. Foreign policy became a central issue in domestic politics. The confrontations with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and its allies and satellites, and with the forces of international communism dominated U.S. interactions with the world throughout this period.
This book covers this turbulent period through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced entries on key persons, policies, events, institutions, and organizations, along with issues such as the division of Germany after World War II, the creation of the People's Republic of China, European economic recovery, communist movements in the third worlds, decolonization, the Vietnam War, and the nuclear arms race. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about U.S. diplomacy during the cold war.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 233 x 162 x 40 mm
Folly, author of similar historical dictionaries dealing with US diplomacy during WW I and WW II, has compiled this latest volume in the publisher's 'Historical Dictionaries of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations' series. This single volume contains over 900 entries related to Cold War diplomacy from 1945-1991. Readers will find a detailed chronology of the key events, a historical essay, and four appendixes presenting information on key political and intelligence figures from the period. The entries in are alphabetical order with cross-references to related entries. A bibliographic essay introduces the extensive bibliography organized topically, which allows readers to find relevant materials with ease. This work will benefit students and researchers who need concise information about events, places, individuals, and other subjects related to the Cold War and US diplomatic activities during the period. . . .This reference work is recommended for public or academic libraries that maintain collections on political, diplomatic, and international issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through faculty; general readers. * CHOICE *
[T]his is a hugely useful work and a remarkable achievement for a single-authored volume. It is certainly a book that I will be returning to repeatedly for precise and detailed explanations of crucial elements of American diplomacy in the Cold War era. * Reviews in History *