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Access to History: Europe and the Cold War 1945-1991: Second Edition [Paperback]

David Williamson
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Cold War: An introduction
     1 What Was the Cold War?
     2 The Origins of the Cold War, 1917-45
     3 The Beginnings of the Cold War in Europe 1945-8
     4 The ‘First Cold War’ 1948-53
     5 The ‘Thaw’ 1953-7
     6 The ‘Second Cold War’ 1958-62
     7 The Period of Détente 1963-79
     8 The 'Third Cold War’ and the Collapse of Communism, 1979-91
     9 The Nuclear Background
Chapter 2 The Defeat of the Axis Powers, 1943-5: Cold War Foreshadowed?
     1 The Conflicting Aims of the Big Three
     2 Inter-Allied Negotiations 1943-4
     3 The Liberation of Europe 1943-5
     4 The Yalta Conference, February 1945
     5 The End of the War in Europe
     6 Conclusion
Chapter 3 The Break up of the Grand Alliance, 1945-7
     1 Early Postwar Tensions between the Great Powers, April-August 1945
     2 The Peace Treaties with Italy and the Minor Axis Powers
     3 Germany, June 1945-April 1947
     4 The Truman Doctrine of Containment
     5 The Marshall Plan
     6 The European States, June 1945-December 1947
     7 Conclusion
Chapter 4 The Division of Germany and Europe 1948-9
     1 The Emergence of a Western Bloc
     2 The Consolidation of the Eastern Bloc
     3 The Yugoslav-Soviet Split
     4 The Decision to Create a West German State
     5 The Soviet Response: The Berlin Blockade
     6 The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
     7 The Division of Germany
     8 Key Debate
Chapter 5 The Consolidation of the Rival Blocs
     1 Western Integration 1950-2
     2 Stalin’s Failure to Stop West German Rearmament
     4 Western Attempts to Destabilise the Soviet Bloc
     5 Leadership Changes in the USA and USSR
6 The East German Revolt, June 1953
     7 The Western European Settlement 1953-5
     8 The Warsaw Pact Treaty
     9 The Geneva Conference, July 1955
     10 Key Debate
Chapter 6 The Khrushchev Era and the 'Second Cold War' 1956-63
     1 The Year of Crises 1956
     2 The Legacy of the Crises
     3 The Berlin Crisis 1958-61
     4 The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
     5 Assessment: The ‘Second Cold War’
Chapter 7 The 'Long Peace' in Europe 1963-91
1 The Road to Détente, 1963-9
     2 Ostpolitik
     3 The Helsinki Accord
     4 The 'Third' or ‘New Cold War’ 1979-85
     5 The End of the Cold War in Europe 1983-91
     6 Reunification of Germany
     7 Conclusion
Chapter 8 Interpreting the Cold War
     1 Could the Cold War Have Been Avoided?
     2 When Did the Cold War Actually Start?
     3 Why Did the Cold War in Europe Last so Long?
     4 Why Did the Cold War End?
Further Reading

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