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New Visions in Security

Ending the Cold War

Interpretations, Causation and the Study of International Relations

Editors: Herrmann, R., Lebow, R. (Eds.)

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Although in hindsight the end of the Cold War seems almost inevitable, almost no one saw it coming and there is little consensus over why it ended. A popular interpretation is that the Soviet Union was unable to compete in terms of power, especially in the area of high technology. Another interpretation gives primacy to the new ideas Gorbachev brought to the Kremlin and to the importance of leaders and domestic considerations. In this volume, prominent experts on Soviet affairs and the Cold War interrogate these competing interpretations in the context of five 'turning points' in the end of the Cold War process. Relying on new information gathered in oral history interviews and archival research, the authors draw into doubt triumphal interpretations that rely on a single variable like the superior power of the United States and call attention to the importance of how multiple factors combined and were sequenced historically. The volume closes with chapters drawing lessons from the end of the Cold War for both policy making and theory building.

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GEORGE W. BRESLAUER University of California, Berkeley, USA ARCIE BROWN St. Antony's College, Oxford, UK JAMES A. DAVIS, University of Munich, Bavaria, Germany MATTHEW EVANGELISTA Cornell University, New York, USA RAYMOND L. GARTHOFF The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA JACQUES LÉVESQUE Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada JANICE GROSS STEIN University of Toronto, Canada WILLIAM H. WOHLFORTH Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

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'Ending the Cold War is the product of a 'Who's Who' of scholars writing on one of the most important periods in recent history. Making good use of new knowledge available from documents and from interviews with key participants, this book will be valuable for scholars and accesible to students.' - James M. Godgeier, George Washington University, USA

'By far the best and most stimulating book to date on the subject, Ending the Cold War will be profitably read by scholars, pollcy makers and sudents of international relations.' - Robert D. English, University of Southern California, USA and author of Russia and the Idea of the West


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ending the Cold War
Book Subtitle
Interpretations, Causation and the Study of International Relations
Editors
  • R. Herrmann
  • R. Lebow
Series Title
New Visions in Security
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Richard K. Herrmann and Richard Ned Lebow
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8281-0
DOI
10.1057/9781403982810
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6383-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6384-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 248
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