By Warren I. Cohen
This can be a sublime and concise background of yankee international kinfolk throughout the chilly warfare period, in line with the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold battle point of view. all the significant international coverage concerns, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the disagreement to Asia, the center East, and somewhere else 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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Extra info for America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991 (Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations Volume 4)
Mostly, he wanted them to behave civilly, carry out their obligations, defer to American plans for a peaceful and prosperous world, and leave him alone to cope with labor unrest, inflation, and the threatened resurgence of the Republican par8 Robert L. Messer, The End of an Alliance (Chapel Hill, 1982), 181-94; Larson, Origins of Containment, 256-7, 283-8. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 34 America in the Age of Soviet Power ty — for all of which he was being held responsible by various sectors of American society.
Accelerated planning for the defeat of Japan required more of his attention, including consideration of the range of options to minimize American casualties. The most immediate problem, according to his advisers, was smoothing out the kinks that seemed to be developing in Soviet-American relations. 13 In a typical off-the-cuff remark years before, Truman had expressed satisfaction at the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, suggesting that the weakening of both regimes was equally desirable. He had no sympathy whatever for communism.
In the spring the Soviets rejected American terms for 7 See Kennan's "long telegram" and comparable cables sent by the British and Soviet ambassadors to the United States to their respective governments at approximately the same time in Kenneth M. , 1991), and a symposium focused on the Novikov cable in Diplomatic History 15 (1991): 5 2 3 - 6 3 . Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Origins of the Cold War 33 a loan they were not likely to get and dismissed the opportunity to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World Bank.