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The Cold War

A History in Documents

Second Edition

Allan M. Winkler

Publication Date - July 2011

ISBN: 9780199765980

172 pages
8 x 10 inches

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Using primary sources to turn every reader into a historian


The cold war lasted for more than fifty years and polarized the world. Rooted in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, the war emerged from disputes that intensified in the wake of World War II. In The Cold War: A History in Documents, Second Edition, Allan M. Winkler excerpts speeches by Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and British prime minister Winston Churchill in order to demonstrate the growing abyss between the two political systems. President Harry S. Truman's announcement of the existence of a Soviet atomic bomb and his speech to Congress launching the Truman Doctrine testify to the gravity of the situation. The complex politics of the Vietnam War appear in voices of those as divergent as Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh, President Lyndon B. Johnson, antiwar protestors, and a participant in the My Lai massacre. A picture essay, "The Atom Unleashed," provides a collection of photographs and cartoons tracing one of the most controversial discoveries of the twentieth century. And a final chapter chronicles in detail the end of the cold war.

The second edition of The Cold War: A History in Documents offers more thorough coverage of the 1970s through the1990s. The book features additional material on China and Africa, and several new images, including a Herblock editorial cartoon about the Marshall Plan and a French Communist Party poster for peace in Vietnam. There is also a revised note on sources and interpretation and updates to the lists of further reading and websites.

About the Author(s)

Allan M. Winkler is Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University in Ohio. A prize-winning teacher, he is author of ten books of his own, including "To Everything There Is a Season": Pete Seeger and the Power of Song (OUP, 2010), Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America (2005), and Life Under a Cloud: American Anxiety about the Atom (1993), and coauthor of the college textbook The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society (2011) and the high school textbook America: Pathways to the Present (2002).

Previous Publication Date(s)

June 2003

Table of Contents

    What Is a Document?
    How to Read a Document

    Note on Sources and Interpretation

    Chapter 1: Early Antagonism
    Origin of the Atomic Bomb
    Tensions and Strategies
    The Truman Doctrine
    The Marshall Plan
    A Soviet Bomb
    The China White Paper
    War in Korea

    Chapter 2: The Anticommunist Crusade
    Hollywood and HUAC
    Chambers vs. Hiss
    The Rosenbergs on Trial
    Senator Joe McCarthy
    Cultural Responses
    Army vs. McCarthy

    Chapter 3: To the Brink
    Eisenhower's Inaugural Address
    Liberation of Captive Peoples
    The Domino Theory
    Unstable Peace
    Kennedy's Inaugural Address
    Bay of Pigs
    Standing Up to the Soviets
    The Cuban Missile Crisis

    Chapter 4: Picture Essay
    The Atom Unleashed

    Chapter 5: Catastrophe in Vietnam
    French Colonial Rule
    War in Indochina
    The Geneva Conference
    Nation Building in Vietnam
    Horrors of War
    Antiwar Movement

    Chapter 6: An End at Last
    The Nuclear Test Ban Treat of 1963
    SALT Treaties
    Reagan's Nuclear Strategy
    An End to the Cold War

    Further Reading
    Text Credits
    Picture Credits

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