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Though the parties were technically at peace, the period was characterized by an aggressive arms race, proxy wars, and ideological bids for world dominance.


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The term cold war had existed since the s, when it was used to describe increasingly fraught relationships between European countries. In , shortly after the United States used the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, writer George Orwell used the term in an essay that explored what the atom bomb meant for international relations.

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The Truman Doctrine , as it was called, was the first salvo in a decades-long containment policy in which the U. By , both countries had missile defenses pointed at one another.

That year, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought both countries closer to actual conflict than any other event in the Cold War. Multiple proxy wars stood in for actual conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Korean War , Vietnam War , and a number of other armed conflicts, during which both sides either funded one side of the war or fought directly against a communist or capitalist force, are all considered Cold War proxies.

Both sides also funded revolutions, insurgencies, and political assassinations in Central America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Though the Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet bloc in the s and the fall of the Soviet Union in , it still affects modern geopolitics.

We All Lost the Cold War by Richard Ned Lebow

As the last remaining superpower, the U. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 23rd by Princeton University Press first published More Details Original Title.

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Sort order. Jun 24, Marc Puckett rated it it was amazing. The price of waiting years to find out what really happened has a very good return once it's over. Lebow and Stein actually turned the Cuban missile crisis and the Egyptian-Israeli into learning moments with a blow by low account of what happened and what was meant to happen.

Based on historically archived documents, interviews after declassification of the events and hours of research.

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Taken together the two events book end a period of true discovery in the era of nuclear diploma The price of waiting years to find out what really happened has a very good return once it's over. Taken together the two events book end a period of true discovery in the era of nuclear diplomacy. The take away by both Kennedy and Khrushchev was that they'd nearly gone to war over interests they did not even realize.

Fortunately, Kennedy chose the blockade over the invasion and they had time to talk and figure things out. Remember that when the General tells you to invade. There were 60 tactical defensive nuclear weapons under 60 mile range on Cuba when the big missiles were discovered. Invasion could have easily gone nuclear at commencement.

So following a 10 year stretch of developing nuclear diplomacy and pursuing long range missiles since parties had agreed that just outside of the border was too close.

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The missile gap had nearly vanished. The Russians told us it was going to happen, and U. So it happened, and then we proceeded to screw it up by playing for an advantage during the cease-fire negotiations, to the extent that DEFCONIII was initiated and probably all hope of ever having Egypt-Isreali war ended. For that I thank Kissinger.

You even get a glimpse into how impeachment influences a president. And his Secretary of State Kissinger. I'm looking forward to seeing what they've done for Gorbachev. Joseph rated it liked it Jul 16, Steven rated it liked it Sep 03, Mark Schrad rated it liked it Aug 10, Anneliese Bustillo rated it liked it Jan 03, Philosopher marked it as to-read May 23, Mike Nicholson marked it as to-read Jun 02, Leon added it Jan 22, Lucy Benson marked it as to-read Sep 24, Fhad marked it as to-read Jul 04, Kasie Hunter marked it as to-read Jul 16, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 18,