A review and comparison of the history texts of Jeremi Suri, John Lewis Gaddis and Odd Arne Westad on America and the Cold War.
# 145348 | 1,669 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Nov 04, 2010 in International Relations (Cold War) , International Relations (U.S.) , History (U.S. Baby Boom Years 1945-1965) , European Studies (The Cold War Period 1945-1985)
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This paper discusses three books; "Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy" by John Lewis Gaddis, "Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente" by Jeremi Suri and "The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times" by Odd Arne Westad. The paper looks at how Westad attaches a generous share of blame on the U.S. throughout the book for laying the political/ideological groundwork for the Cold War. The paper then shows how Suri does not seem to take the U.S. or the Soviet Union to task as firmly as Westad, in terms of American and Soviet expansion of its interests into Third World countries. Finally, the paper outlines how Gaddis persuasively slams the Cold War strategies of the U.S. The paper comes to the conclusion that Westad has written a book that is far more expansive and inclusive than the other two.
From the Paper:"In Chapter 4, Westad, who attaches a generous share of blame on the U.S. throughout the book for laying the political / ideological groundwork for the Cold War, insists that it was the U.S. that "...had done much to create the Third World as an entity" (Westad, p. 157). He goes on to point out that the U.S. was never shy about intervening in other countries' affairs; Iran is mentioned, vis-a-vis the Eisenhower / Dulles / CIA coup that installed the Shah of Iran; and the U.S. covert military / political interference in the Congo and especially in Guatemala. In fact Westad argues that the U.S. - through its agenda of supporting laissez-faire economics - helped keep much of the Third World struggling, stuck in poverty. In many cases the U.S. did indeed oppose European colonialism (the French in Indo China, the Dutch in Indonesia and the French and British in the 1956 Suez Canal episode), Westad admits."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gaddis, John Lewis. Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of PostwarAmerican National Security Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
- Suri, Jeremi. Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente. Cambridge:Harvard University Press, 2003.
- Westad, Odd Ame. The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making ofOur Times. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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