Paperback The Cold War : a world history / Odd Arne Westad.
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: UK : Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780141979915 (pbk.) :
Originally published: UK: Allen Lane, 2017.
As Germany and then Japan surrendered in 1945 there was a tremendous hope that a new and much better world could be created from the moral and physical ruins of the conflict. Instead, the combination of the huge power of the USA and USSR and the near-total collapse of most of their rivals created a unique, grim new environment: the Cold War. For over 40 years the demands of the Cold War shaped the life of almost all of us. There was no part of the world where East and West did not, ultimately, demand a blind and absolute allegiance, and nowhere into which the West and East did not reach. Countries as remote from each other as Korea, Angola and Cuba were defined by their allegiances. Europe was seemingly split in two indefinitely. Arne Westad's book is the first to have the distance from these events and the ambition to create a convincing, powerful narrative of the Cold War.
710 pages ; 20 cm