A really concise introduction of that piece of history. not in chronological order but each chapter come with a theme like how it started, nuclear arm race, how small countries survived and even exploited these....etc. Not easy to follow if you have no clue at all of what happened during those days. Instead it gives you the framework to see what forces were shaping the events. It revealed political leaders sometimes may act insanely yet rationally under imperfect information and ideological trap....Continua
Russian archives, long closed to scholars, are adding crucial details to the old story of the cold war, as a new history shows
WHERE does history end and current affairs begin? John Lewis Gaddis, who is often described as the dean of cold-war historians, has no doubts about his own special subject. To his students at Yale University, many of whom were still children when the confrontation with the Soviets ended in 1989, he writes, the cold war is "history: not all that different from the Peloponnesian War". With a mixture of wistfulness and wonderment, Mr Gaddis notes: "When I talk about Stalin and Truman, even Reagan and Gorbachev, it could as easily be Napoleon, Caesar or Alexander the Great" ...