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Dawning of the Cold War : the United States' quest for order / Randall B. Woods & Howard Jones.

By: Woods, Randall Bennett, 1944-.
Contributor(s): Jones, Howard, 1940-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1991Description: xiii, 335 p., [6] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0820312657 (alk. paper); 9780820312651 (alk. paper); 0820312665 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780820312668 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 | Cold War | World politics -- 1945-1955 | 11030 Western bloc countries 21030 foreign relations with 30030 communist countries | 11030 communist countries 21030 foreign relations with 30030 Western bloc countries | Cold War | Communist countries Foreign relations | United States Foreign relations 1945-1953 | World politics 1945-1955 | World politics 1975-1985DDC classification: 327.73 Other classification: 15.50 | 3,6
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-320) and index.

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Library Journal Review

Woods and Jones have written a solidly researched and very concise survey of the origins of the Cold War in Europe during the 1944-49 period. Claiming their book to be the first comprehensive account since Thomas G. Paterson's On Every Front: The Making of the Cold War ( LJ 10/15/79), the authors reveal a sound knowledge of both the primary and secondary sources on the period. Although they do not offer important new findings or interpretations, their book is excellent for the general reader or undergraduate who can read only one book on this important issue. Recommended for international affairs collections.-- Richard Weitz, Harvard Univ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Woods and Jones insist that despite the manifold weakness of the USSR at the end of the WW II, the Truman administration and Americans in general assumed the Soviets were bent on policy of ideological and territorial expansion. Any possibility that Stalin was not consciously inclined to seek war with his former allies was dismissed as so much wishful thinking. Speculation that policies of the Soviet Union (e.g., its aggressiveness in Eastern Europe and its internal repression) were determined as much by internal as external factors was also given short shrift by the administration. The authors, in short, adhere to the posture that the " of a situation is irrelevant, whereas perception is all important. Finally, Woods and Jones dismiss the vision of a militaristic and bellicose US as unrealistic and inflammatory. They maintain that, in fact, the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, and the North Atlantic Treaty were justified under the circumstances. Not only was the Truman administration pursuing a course of action consistent with its perception, but implementing policies to " Soviet imperialism without recourse to war. Clearly not revisionist in its interpretation, this is the first monograph on the origins of the Cold War to appear since the implementation of the policy of glasnost. It is comprehensive in its research and eminently readable. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. K. Sweeney South Dakota State University

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