International Politics since World War II: A Short History

Synopsis

The past half-century has seen many hopes raised and some dashed, a succession of fears and false alarms, and both triumphs and calamities that were almost entirely unexpected.

This book offers a short but sweeping history of world politics since 1945: America's postwar preeminence and the hopes that attended the creation of the United Nations; the Cold War and the emergence of a volatile Third World; economic transformations and the twin threat of nuclear and cal disaster; the crumbling of the Soviet system and the short-lived promise of a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic new world.

Charles L. Robertson describes these momentous changes concisely but evocatively, in an effort to show how we got here from there and what we might have learned along the way. His use of both documents and memoirs as well as scholarly sources and his avoidance of trendy theories gives this survey solid grounding. The inclusion of maps and annotated reading lists makes the book fully accessible to students andgeneral readers.

Additional information

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Armonk, NY
Publication year:
  • 1997