The Fifty Years War: The United States and the Soviet Union by Richard Crockatt

By Richard Crockatt

This is often an authoritative and accomplished heritage of the Fifty Years' warfare and the connection that ruled international politics within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century. for 50 years kin among the us and the Soviet Union have been figuring out components in overseas affairs. to be had for the 1st time in paperback, Richard Crockatt's acclaimed booklet is an exam of this dating in its worldwide context. It breaks new floor in looking a synthesis of ancient narrative and research of the worldwide constructions in which superpower kin built. recognition is given to financial in addition to political and army components.

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It had achieved economic growth, so it was believed, through the natural operations of the market. What more logical than to assume that liberal democracy, laissez-faire economics, and a diplomacy based on the application of self-evident principles should suffice for all nations? Given its traditions, it is not hard to see why the United States should have experienced difficulty in accepting the consequences of twentieth-century revolutions. It was not merely that they often drew on ideas which were inimical to American traditions, but that they did not possess the option, which had been open to the United States, of nation-building in a gradual and unforced fashion.

While in the twentieth century domestic ethnic interests have on occasion exerted a powerful influence on foreign policy, during the nineteenth the other favourable conditions mentioned above held the ethnic factor below the threshold where it might have dictated the direction of foreign policy. That this involved the destruction or removal of native Americans from their ancestral lands and the absorption of Mexicans and others into the expanding republic, was conceived to be a natural and inevitable consequence of America’s civilizing mission.

It is even arguable that the world system in the initial phase of the cold war is best described as uni-polar, were it not for the fact that America’s manifest economic superiority did not of itself guarantee achievement of its goal of containing Soviet power in Europe. The Marshall Plan of economic aid to Western Europe (1948–52) was quickly supplemented by a military alliance in the form of NATO (1949), in part because of a basic asymmetry in the US– Soviet relationship which in this case worked to Soviet advantage: namely, Soviet proximity to the potential theatre of military conflict, coupled with Soviet superiority in conventional troop strength.

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