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Published: 12 April 2012

320 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780199858484

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Reconstructing the Cold War

The Early Years, 1945-1958

Ted Hopf

  • A new theory, societal constructivism, with the innovative addition of institutions to explain which identities get empowered
  • Many new sources, as the book is almost entirely archivally based, either from the author's own work in the archives, or through the use of heretofore rarely if ever used archival work of Russian scholars
  • A very controversial thesis in that it is Soviet society, or its own self-understanding, that explains Soviet relations with other states and movements, in the early years of the Cold War, not Stalin, not Khrushchev, and certainly not any systemic theories, whether neorealist or constructivist
  • Offers a mid-range theory that can account for broad swathes of relationships among states, or groups of states.

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