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The World Transformed

1945 to the Present

Michael H. Hunt

Publication Date - November 2013

ISBN: 9780199372348

512 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $39.95

Now Available from Oxford University Press: The World Transformed, 1945 to the Present


Oxford University Press is pleased to be the new publisher of Michael Hunt's The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present. A second edition of The World Transformed will be available in Spring 2015.

Through its lively and accessible narrative, The World Transformed provides students with an account of the political, socio-economic and cultural developments that have shaped global events since 1945. The book's focus on three central and profoundly interconnected stories--the unfolding of the Cold War, the growth of the international economy, and the developing world's quest for political and economic independence--offers students a framework for understanding the past and making sense of the present. Attentive to overarching themes, individual historical figures, and diverse nations, The World Transformed will find an enthusiastic reception in courses on post-1945 world history, international relations, or global topics.

About the Author(s)

Michael H. Hunt is the Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books, including The World Transformed, 1945 to the Present: A Documentary Reader, Second Edition (OUP, 2014) and Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy (2009). He is also the coauthor, with Steve Levine, of Arc of Empire: America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam (2012).

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The 1945 Watershed
    International Politics Reconfigured
    Wilson and Lenin as Rival Visionaries
    World War II and the Onset of the Cold War
    The Role of Nationalism
    The Global Economy in Transition
    The First Phase of Globalization Begins, 1870s-1914
    Globalization Reborn, 1945 to the Present
    The Colonial System on the Brink
    Vulnerabilities of Empire
    The Appearance of the "Third World"


    1. The Cold War: Toward Soviet-American Confrontation
    Origins of the Rivalry
    From Cooperation to Conflict
    U.S. Policy in Transition
    Stalin's Pursuit of Territory and Security
    Stalin and the Postwar Settlement
    From Europe to the Periphery
    Drawing the Line in Europe
    The Nuclear Arms Race Accelerates
    Opening a Front in the Third World
    Limited War in Korea
    Superpower Societies in an Unquiet Time
    Soviet Society under Stress
    The U.S. Anti-Communist Consensus

    2. The International Economy: Out of the Ruins
    Anglo-American Remedies for an Ailing System
    Keynesian Economics and a Design for Prosperity
    The Bretton Woods Agreements
    The U.S. Rescue Operation
    Occupation and Recovery in Japan
    Recovery in Western Europe
    The American Economic Powerhouse
    Good Times Return
    Disney and the U.S. Economic Edge
    "Coca-colonization" and the Mass Consumption Model
    European Resistance to "Americanization"

    3. The Third World: First Tremors in Asia
    The Appeal of Revolution and the Strong State
    The Chinese Communist Triumph
    Vietnam's Revolutionary Struggle
    New States under Conservative Elites
    India's Status-quo Independence
    The Collaborative Impulse in the Philippines


    4. The Cold War: A Tenuous Accommodation

    The Beginnings of Coexistence
    Khrushchev under Pressure
    Crosscurrents in American Policy
    Crisis Points
    To the Nuclear Brink in Cuba
    The Vietnam Quagmire
    The Quake of '68
    The American Epicenter
    The Ground Shifts Abroad

    5. Abundance and Discontent in the Developed World
    America at the Apogee
    Triumphant at Home and Abroad
    Warning Signs of Economic Troubles
    Recovery in Western Europe and Japan
    The Old World's New Course
    Fiat and Europe's Corporate Aristocracy
    The Second Japanese Miracle
    Voices of Discontent
    The New Environmentalism
    The Feminist Upsurge
    Critics of Global Economic Inequalities

    6. Third-World Hopes at High Tide
    Revolutionary Trajectories in East Asia
    The Maoist Experiment in China
    Vietnam's Fight for the South
    The Caribbean Basin: Between Reaction and Revolution
    Guatemala's "Ten Years of Spring"
    Cuba and the Revolution that Survived
    Decolonization in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Ghana and Nkrumah's African Socialism
    Colonial Legacies in Ghana and Beyond
    Remaking the Middle East and North Africa
    Economic Nationalism in Iran
    A New Order for Egypt and the Region
    Colonial Crisis in Algeria


    7. The Cold War comes to a Close

    The Rise and Fall of Détente
    The Nixon Policy Turnaround
    The Breshnev Era
    Western Europe and Détente
    The U.S. Retreat from Détente
    The Gorbachev Initiatives
    Glasnost, Perestroika, and a New Foreign Policy
    The Demise of the Soviet System
    Explaining the Cold War Outcome
    The Role of Leaders
    Impersonal Forces

    8. Global Markets: One System, Three Centers
    The United States and the North American Bloc
    The Erosion of U.S. Dominance
    The Free Market Faith
    The Rise of an East Asian Bloc
    Japan Stays on Course
    The Rise of the "Little Dragons"
    Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics
    Vietnam in China's Footsteps
    Revived Bloc Building in Europe
    Renewed Integration and the E.U.
    Social and Cultural Developments
    Post-'89 and the Opening to the East

    9. Divergent Paths in the Third World
    The Changing Face of Revolution
    Cambodia's Genocidal Revolution
    Religious Challenge in Iran
    Revolutionary Aftershock in the Middle East
    Opposition to Settler Colonialism
    South African Apartheid under Siege
    Conflict over Palestine
    Repression and Resistance in Guatemala
    Dreams of Development in Disarray
    Stalemated Economies
    The Population Explosion
    Women and Development

    Conclusion: Globalization Ascendant, The 1990s and Beyond
    The Perils and Possibilities of Globalization
    Environmental Stresses
    One World or Two?
    An Emerging International Regime
    Globalization as U.S. Hegemony?
    "The American Century"
    Playing the Global Policeman
    Resistance Abroad