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By Warren I. Cohen

This is often a sublime and concise background of yank overseas kin in the course of the chilly battle period, according to the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold conflict standpoint. the entire significant international coverage concerns, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the war of words to Asia, the center East, and somewhere else 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 Eighties are rigorously analyzed and obviously defined.

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DePorte, Europe Between the Superpowers 2d ed. (New Haven, 1986), 131-2; Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, The Wise Men (New York, 1986), 386-9; Leffler, Preponderance of Power, 188-92. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Origins of the Cold War 35 In France, Charles de Gaulle, the imperious leader of the Free French during the war, had resigned as president in the face of strong opposition from both Communists and Socialists in January 1946. In the November elections, the Communists won a plurality of seats in the French parliament.

How could a Congress, hostile to the administration, commit10 Leffler, Preponderance of Power, 162-3. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 36 America in the Age of Soviet Power ted to cutting its budget, be persuaded to appropriate great sums of money to reconstruct the economies of America's competitors in order to oppose an imperceptible threat? How could a people who had been promised that the United Nations would spare them further concern with world affairs be persuaded to make the sacrifices necessary for the United States to exercise leadership in once remote corners of the globe?

China, all of George Marshall's efforts notwithstanding, had embarked upon a civil war in which Communist forces linked to the Soviet Union threatened to overthrow Chiang's regime. Certainly China was at least as worthy of being rescued as Greece. Weakly, Acheson insisted 15 Kolko and Kolko, Limits of Power, 3 2 9 - 5 8 , 3 7 4 - 6 . " See also Stephen O. Krasner, "United States Commercial and Monetary Policy: Unravelling the Paradox of External Strength and Internal Weakness," in Katzenstein, Between Power and Plenty, 5 1 - 8 7 , for a persuasive argument on the weakness of the American political system.

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