America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991 (Cambridge by Warren I. Cohen

By Warren I. Cohen

This is often a chic and concise historical past of yankee overseas family members in the course of the chilly conflict period, in response to the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold battle viewpoint. the entire significant international coverage matters, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the war of words to Asia, the center East, and in different places at the outer edge; wars in Korea and Vietnam; crises related to the Taiwan Straits, Berlin, and Cuba; the increase and fall of detente; imperial overreach; and the serious roles of Reagan and Gorbachev within the Nineteen Eighties are rigorously analyzed and obviously defined.

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Stalin Embattled, 1943-1948 (Detroit, 1978), 242, 297, 300; William Taubman, Stalin's American Policy (New York, 1982), 1 5 0 - 1 . Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Origins of the Cold War 39 to maintain their free institutions and their national integrity against aggressive movements that seek to impose upon them totalitarian regimes. . I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.

In Yan'an, Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist leader, struggled to maneuver against the Japanese and Chiang, uncertain of what to expect from the Americans or the Soviets. The Japanese had interrupted Chiang's efforts to exterminate the Communists during the 1930s; Chiang would certainly resume his effort at war's end. The Americans, however, had been friendly throughout the war, Mao's trusted emissary, Zhou Enlai, had spent much of the war years in Chongqing successfully wooing the Americans and alerting them to the seamier side of Chiang's activities.

Not normally a sensitive man, Molotov protested against Truman's tone, but he had little difficulty understanding the message: American policy had changed. What he could not discern was whether American objectives had changed. Molotov and his aides readily assumed that Roosevelt's death had resulted in a seizure of power by recently dormant anti-Soviet forces in the United States. Truman's language showed little respect for Molotov and the country he represented. With victory in reach, the Americans had apparently concluded they had no further need to cooperate with the Soviet Union.

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