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The Cuban Missile Crisis

A Concise History

Second Edition

Don Munton and David A. Welch

Publication Date - 02 March 2011

ISBN: 9780199795703

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

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The most accessible history of the Cuban Missile Crisis available


In The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History, Second Edition, Don Munton and David A. Welch distill the best current scholarship on the Cuban missile crisis into a brief and accessible narrative history. The authors draw on newly available documents to provide a comprehensive treatment of its causes, events, consequences, and significance. Stressing the importance of context in relation to the genesis, conduct, and resolution of the crisis, Munton and Welch examine events from the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban angles, revealing the vital role that differences in national perspectives played at every stage. While the book provides a concise, up-to-date look at this pivotal event, it also notes gaps and mysteries in the historical record and highlights important persistent interpretive disputes. The authors provide a detailed guide to relevant literature and film for those who wish to explore further. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the crisis, this revised and updated edition of The Cuban Missile Crisis is ideal for undergraduate courses on the 1960s, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, twentieth-century world history, and comparative foreign policy.

New to this Edition

  • Thoroughly revised to incorporate the latest scholarship
  • Expanded coverage of the Cuban dimension of the crisis
  • New Conclusion offers perspective on the significance of the crisis on its 50th anniversary

About the Author(s)

Don Munton is Professor and Founding Chair of International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

David A. Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security and Interim Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2006

Table of Contents

    New to the Second Edition Acknowledgments
    List of Acronyms
    Dramatis Personae (and Positions in October 1962)
    Introduction: The REAL Thirteen Days

    Chapter 1: Background to the Crisis
    U.S.-Cuban Relations in Historical Perspective
    The Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose
    The Soviet Decision to Deploy

    Chapter 2: Deployment and Discovery
    Details of the Deployment
    The Intelligence Game of Cat and Mouse
    Warnings Too Late
    On the Eve of Crisis

    Chapter 3: From Discovery to Blockade
    The Storm Before the Calm
    Narrowing the Options

    Chapter 4: The Perfect Storm
    The Speech
    Carrots and Sticks
    Khrushchev and Kennedy Waver
    The Crisis Heats Up
    The Dobrynin Meeting
    Climax and Resolution

    Chapter 5: Aftermath
    Removing the Missiles from Cuba
    The Cuban Bomber Crisis
    The Domestic and International Public Reaction
    Steps Toward Détente: The Hot Line and Test Ban

    Conclusion: The Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years Later

    Bibliographic Essay
    Early Treatments of the Crisis
    The Second Wave: "Critical Oral History"
    Recent Accounts
    Background and History
    Aftermath and Lessons
    Document Collections and Websites


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