Cold Wars

Lüthi, Lorenz M., Cold Wars. Asia, The Middle East, Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, mars 2020, 756 p.

What was the Cold War that shook world politics for the second half of the twentieth century? Standard narratives focus on Soviet-American rivalry as if the superpowers were the exclusive driving forces of the international system. Lorenz M. Lüthi offers a radically different account, restoring agency to regional powers in Asia, the Middle East and Europe and revealing how regional and national developments shaped the course of the global Cold War. Despite their elevated position in 1945, the United States, Soviet Union and United Kingdom quickly realized that their political, economic, and military power had surprisingly tight limits given the challenges of decolonization, Asian-African internationalism, pan-Arabism, pan-Islamism, Arab–Israeli antagonism, and European economic developments. A series of Cold Wars ebbed and flowed as the three world regions underwent structural changes that weakened or even severed their links to the global ideological clash, leaving the superpower Cold War as the only major conflict that remained by the 1980s.

Contents

Introduction

1 – From High Imperialism to Cold War Division

Part I – Elusive Unities

  • Introduction to Chapters 2 to 4
  • 2 – The United Kingdom and the Arab League
  • 3 – The Soviet Union and the Socialist Camp
  • 4 – The United States and the Free World

Part II – Asia

  • Introduction to Chapters 5 to 7
  • 5 – China
  • 6 – Vietnam
  • 7 – India

Part III – The Middle East

  • Introduction to Chapters 8 to 10
  • 8 – Arab–Israeli Relations, 1948–64
  • 9 – Arab–Israeli Relations, 1964–75
  • 10 – The Palestinians

Part IV – Alternative World Visions

  • Introduction to Chapters 11 to 13
  • 11 – Asian–African Internationalism
  • 12 – Non-Alignment
  • 13 – Pan-Islamism

Part V – Europe between the Superpowers

  • Introduction to Chapters 14 to 16
  • 14 – Nuclear Weapons
  • 15 – Western European Integration
  • 16 – The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance

Part VI – European Détente

  • Introduction to Chapters 17 to 19
  • 17 – Germany
  • 18 – The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • 19 – The Vatican

Part VII – The End of the Regional Cold Wars

  • Introduction to Chapters 20 to 22
  • 20 – The Middle East
  • 21 – Asia
  • 22 – Europe

23 – The End of the Superpower Cold War

24 – Legacies of the Cold War

Conclusion

Couverture de Luthi, Cold Wars


Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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