Journals Higher Education

Beyond the Cold War

Lyndon Johnson and the New Global Challenges of the 1960s

Edited by Francis J. Gavin and and Mark Atwood Lawrence

Reinterpreting History: How Historical Assessments Change over Time

  • Challenges much of the existing scholarship on the international history of the 1960's, indicating that profound shifts in the global order were bringing new kinds of problems to the fore that would persist after the Cold war
  • Many of the global challenges we face today - energy dependence, epidemic diseases, massive increases in trade and monetary flows, for example - first drew serious attention in the 1960s
  • Examines how the Johnson presidency responded to these problems and draws out the lessons for today.