The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War offers a broad reassessment of the period war based on new conceptual frameworks developed in the field of international history. Nearing the 25th anniversary of its end, the cold war now emerges as a distinct period in twentieth-century history, yet one which should be evaluated within the broader context of global political, economic, social, and cultural developments.
The editors have brought together leading scholars in cold war history to offer a new assessment of the state of the field and identify fundamental questions for future research. The individual chapters in this volume evaluate both the extent and the limits of the cold war's reach in world history. They call into question orthodox ways of ordering the chronology of the cold war and also present new insights into the global dimension of the conflict.
Even though each essay offers a unique perspective, together they show the interconnectedness between cold war and national and transnational developments, including long-standing conflicts that preceded the cold war and persisted after its end, or global transformations in areas such as human rights or economic and cultural globalization. Because of its broad mandate, the volume is structured not along conventional chronological lines, but thematically, offering essays on conceptual
frameworks, regional perspectives, cold war instruments and cold war challenges. The result is a rich and diverse accounting of the ways in which the cold war should be positioned within the broader context of world history.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 688
Weight: 1328 g
Dimensions: 253 x 177 x 42 mm
No review of 1,200 words can do full justice to the wealth of information, insight, and intellectual challenges that the thirty-four essays of the Oxford Handbook of the Cold War comprise ... I have greatly benefited from reading the book as will all scholars who are interested in the key conflict that defined global history in the second half of the twentieth century and will arguably remain a vibrant field of historical scholarship in the foreseeable
future. * Manfred Berg, H-Soz-u-Kult *
Essential. * M. O'Donnell, CHOICE *
[An] invaluable resource for specialists and students alike ... Every major region of the world is covered, as is almost every conceivable topic ... One of the book's many strengths is that the contributors do not speak with a single voice. Rather, they represent a diversity of viewpoints and perspectives ... the collection stands as a magnificent achievement. Its breadth and its helpful bibliographical aids alone make this a must-have volume. * Journal of Cold War Studies *
...the Handbook is a superb collection that will appeal to experts and students alike, and is ideal for classroom adoption. It is the best single volume text that both surveys and deepens understanding of the cold war. * Kaeten Mistry, European History Quarterly. *