The Cold War
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In The Cold War, Ronald E. Powaski offers a new
perspective on the great rivalry, even as he provides a coherent, concise narrative.
He wastes no time in challenging the reader to think of the Cold War in new
ways, arguing that the roots of the conflict are centuries old, going back to Czarist Russia and to the very infancy of the American nation.
He shows that both Russia and America were expansionist nations with
messianic complexes, and the people of both nations believed they possessed a unique
mission in history. Except for a brief interval in 1917, Americans perceived
the Russian government (whether Czarist or Bolshevik) as despotic; Russians saw the United
States as conspiring to prevent it from reaching its place in the sun.
military intervention in Russia's civil war, with the aim of overthrowing Lenin's upstart regime, entrenched Moscow's fears.
Soviet-American relations, difficult before World War II - when both nations were
relatively weak militarily and isolated from world affairs - escalated dramatically after
both nations emerged as the world's major military powers. Powaski paints a
portrait of the spiraling tensions with stark clarity, as each new development added to
the rivalry: the Marshall Plan, the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the Berlin blockade,
the formation of NATO, the first Soviet nuclear test. In this atmosphere,
Truman found it easy to believe that the Communist victory in China
and the Korean War were products of Soviet expansionism.
He and his successors extended their own web of mutual defense treaties,
covert actions, and military interventions across the globe - from the Caribbean to the Middle East and, finally to Southeast Asia, where
containment famously foundered in the bog of Vietnam.
Powaski skillfully highlights the domestic politics, diplomatic maneuvers,
and even psychological factors as he untangles the knot that bound the two superpowers
together in conflict. Perhaps most important, he offers an astute assessment
of the lasting distortions the struggle wrought upon American institutions, raising
questions about whether anyone really won the Cold War.
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