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Cold War Endgame is the product of an unusual collaborative effort by policymakers and scholars to promote better understanding of how the Cold War ended. It includes the transcript of a conference, hosted by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Soviet Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh, in which high-level veterans of the Bush and Gorbachev governments shared their recollections and interpretations of the crucial events of 1989-91: the revolutions in Eastern Europe; the reuni¹cation of Germany; the Persian Gulf War; the August 1991 coup; and the collapse of the USSR. Taking this testimony as a common reference and drawing on the most recent evidence available, six chapters follow in which historians and political scientists explore the historical and theoretical puzzles presented by this extraordinary transition. This discussion features a debate over the relative importance of ideas, personality, and economic pressures in explaining the Cold War's end.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. PART I. Oral History: The Princeton Conference
  2. p. 13
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  1. 1. Forging a New Relationship
  2. pp. 15-48
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  1. 2. The Unification of Germany
  2. pp. 49-75
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  1. 3. The Persian Gulf War
  2. pp. 77-114
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  1. 4. Countdown to the Collapse of the Soviet Union
  2. pp. 115-137
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  1. PART II. Analysis
  2. p. 139
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  1. 5. Once Burned, Twice Shy? The Pause of 1989
  2. pp. 141-173
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  1. 6. Trust Bursting Out All Over: The Soviet Side of German Unification
  2. pp. 175-204
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  1. PART III. Debates
  2. p. 205
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  1. 7. Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War: Different Perspectives on the Historical Personality
  2. pp. 207-241
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  1. 8. The Road(s) Not Taken: Causality and Contingency in Analysis of the Cold War’s End
  2. pp. 243-272
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  1. 9. Economic Constraints and the End of the Cold War
  2. pp. 273-309
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  1. Conclusion
  2. p. 311
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  1. 10. Failure or Learning Opportunity? The End of the Cold War Its Implications for International Relations Theory
  2. pp. 313-336
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  1. Participants and Contributors
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-346
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271052779
Related ISBN
9780271022383
MARC Record
OCLC
73980586
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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