From Yalta to Disarmament: Cold War Debate

From Yalta to Disarmament: Cold War Debate

From Yalta to Disarmament: Cold War Debate

From Yalta to Disarmament: Cold War Debate

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There is an inexorable logic in the events of the Cold War. This book attempts to lay it bare by taking the reader into the melee of Cold War words at several critical points. Most people hear about the struggle only from the angle of their own camp, reading and hearing only the reports of their own leaders and dutiful "public information officers" as to what has happened in the battles concluded and developing. As the account of a military battle cannot be adequate so long as the movements of only one army are reported, neither can the ideological struggle which is the Cold War be understood without a study of the policies of both sides. In the following pages the reader will pass through his own front lines into no man's land in order to observe several battles from the middle of the field, assailed by a crossfire of proposals, denunciations and arguments. In this book the Cold War is studied by listening to the debate on some of the major issues that have divided the United States and the U.S.S.R. since 1945. Besides selecting from the public record verbatim excerpts from speeches and documents that seem to me to contain the strongest arguments of both sides, I have added my own analysis of the issues and my own judgments on the merits of the controversies.

Other issues might have been chosen without changing the substance of the conclusions. The reader will discover that the conflict of ideologies determines the course of each particular contest, with each side taking up certain predictable positions and fighting in a characteristic style. The consistency on both sides, once it is discovered and explained, makes it possible to understand the other issues not here covered in detail, to follow without surprise the further course of the struggle, and even to foresee the general outline of its conclusion. Where past and continuing events display a clear logic, there is no reason to suppose that future developments will suddenly and miraculously show a different pattern.

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