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America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991 (Cambridge by Warren I. Cohen

By Warren I. Cohen

This is often a chic and concise historical past of yankee overseas family members throughout the chilly conflict period, in line with the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold conflict point of view. all the significant international coverage matters, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the disagreement to Asia, the center East, and in different places at the outer edge; wars in Korea and Vietnam; crises regarding the Taiwan Straits, Berlin, and Cuba; the increase and fall of detente; imperial overreach; and the severe roles of Reagan and Gorbachev within the Eighties are conscientiously analyzed and obviously defined.

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L x Elsewhere in East Asia, war had brought the usual unpredictable turmoil. Throughout 1944 and on into 1945, as the Japanese fought ferociously to stave off defeat, the peoples they had oppressed and the peoples who perceived them as liberators - Koreans, Malays, Burmese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Javanese, Sumatrans, subjects of the Japanese, British, American, French, and Dutch empires — waited, some passively, some armed and ready, to learn what peace would bring them. Franklin D. Roosevelt, four-time president of the United States, died in April 1945, on the eve of victory in Europe.

It was not interested in rescuing British interests at American expense. Acheson, however, knew which chords to sound. These congressmen were outspoken opponents of Soviet expansion, of communism. He warned them that the Soviets were on the march; they were engaged in a bold maneuver to gain access to three continents. If Greece fell into their hands, Turkey and Iran, Asia Minor, would follow. Nothing would stand in the way of the Russians moving on into Africa through Egypt, penetrating Europe through Italy and France.

Stalin urged caution on the Chinese Communists. Their presence in China gave him valuable leverage in dealing with Chiang. A civil war, which they were not likely to win, could complicate relations with the United States. There was no point to tension between the Soviet Union and the United States in a peripheral area, vital to the interests of neither. Moreover, Mao could be difficult, unresponsive to control from Moscow. From Stalin's perspective, a divided China, with the Chinese Communists dependent on Mos2 Herbert Feis, The China Tangle (Princeton, 1953), 406-24; Russell D.

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