Out of the shadow : George H.W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Christopher Maynard.

By: Maynard, Christopher, 1973-Material type: TextTextSeries: Foreign relations and the presidency: no. 9.Publisher: College Station : Texas A and M University Press, [2008]Copyright date: copyright 2008Edition: 1st edDescription: xi, 176 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781603440394 (cloth : alk. paper); 1603440399 (cloth : alk. paper)Subject(s): Bush, George, 1924- | Bush, George, 1924- -- Influence | National Security Council (U.S.) -- History | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-1993 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States | Cold War | Germany -- History -- Unification, 1990 | Soviet Union -- History -- 1985-1991 | Persian Gulf War, 1991 | Bush, George, 1924 -Influence | Bush, George, 1924- | Cold War | Germany History Unification, 1990 | National Security Council (U.S.) History | Persian Gulf War, 1991 | Soviet Union Foreign relations United States | Soviet Union History 1985-1991 | United States Foreign relations 1989-1993 | United States Foreign relations Soviet UnionDDC classification: 973.928092 LOC classification: E881 | .M29 2008Other classification: 15.87 | 7,26 | 89.92
Contents:
The primacy of the National Security Council : beyond containment in Europe -- Bush and Gorbachev : the road to Malta -- Personal diplomacy : the reunification of Germany -- A glimpse of the post-Cold War world : the Persian Gulf War -- "When you lose your best enemy" : the collapse of the Soviet Union -- The prudent cold warrior : the foreign policy legacy of George Bush -- Timeline of events : George Bush and the end of the Cold War.
Summary: In this look at the first Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that George H. W. Bush made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. He believes historians have downplayed Bush's contribution, in part, because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. This book incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources, and its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War--BOOK JACKET.Summary: "As America watched the fall of the Berlin Wall with great enthusiasm, President George H. W. Bush called the incident simply "a good development." He knew that the Cold War was far from over and that bringing it to an end would require not only symbolic gestures but also practical diplomacy. During Bush's presidency (1989-93), the Berlin Wall fell, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, Germany was reunified, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Yet, many people believe the Cold War ended under Reagan and that Bush's foreign policy achievements were merely an extension of Reagan's policies. In this in-depth look at the Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush's contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. Out of the Shadow incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources. Its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War." -- Publisher's description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-170) and index.

The primacy of the National Security Council : beyond containment in Europe -- Bush and Gorbachev : the road to Malta -- Personal diplomacy : the reunification of Germany -- A glimpse of the post-Cold War world : the Persian Gulf War -- "When you lose your best enemy" : the collapse of the Soviet Union -- The prudent cold warrior : the foreign policy legacy of George Bush -- Timeline of events : George Bush and the end of the Cold War.

In this look at the first Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that George H. W. Bush made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. He believes historians have downplayed Bush's contribution, in part, because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. This book incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources, and its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War--BOOK JACKET.

"As America watched the fall of the Berlin Wall with great enthusiasm, President George H. W. Bush called the incident simply "a good development." He knew that the Cold War was far from over and that bringing it to an end would require not only symbolic gestures but also practical diplomacy. During Bush's presidency (1989-93), the Berlin Wall fell, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, Germany was reunified, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Yet, many people believe the Cold War ended under Reagan and that Bush's foreign policy achievements were merely an extension of Reagan's policies. In this in-depth look at the Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush's contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. Out of the Shadow incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources. Its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War." -- Publisher's description.

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Many historians have focused on Reagan and Gorbachev for ending the Cold War, but Maynard (history and political science, North Alabama) believes that George Bush's leadership in the transition to the post-Cold War period, particularly the freeing of Eastern Europe and the beginnings of a new world order, was equally or even more important. Bush was not a continuation of Reagan as his style, approach, and policies led in quite different, even adversarial, directions. Although admittedly not a success as a political leader or domestic president, Bush's adroit management of key foreign policy issues allowed the Cold War to end "with a whimper, not a bang." Although it is far too soon for anything more than preliminary judgments on the end of the Cold War, this is a well-designed, well-written early account that highlights the important achievement of an otherwise rather lackluster presidency. It should be read alongside Timothy Naftali's George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993 (2007), Norman A. Graebner et al.'s Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War (CH, Dec'08, 46-2336), and Mark Sandle's Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century (2008). Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. J. P. Dunn Converse College

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CHRISTOPHER MAYNARD is associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University and lives in Florence, Alabama.

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