For quarter-/semester-long advanced courses in Contemporary World History.
This brief text stresses the profound global transformation that has occurred since 1945 as a result of the collapse of the remaining great colonial empires, and the emergence of nation-states throughout the world. Its thematic emphasis makes clear as well the importance of the Cold War in influencing the process by which these nation-states sought to create new ideals and new institutions—to insure order and justice within their boundaries, and find places within the international community. The book also links the new nation-states in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, with the ethnic conflicts, local wars, and terrorist movements that became increasingly prevalent toward the end of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Dates Worth Remembering, and Recommended Reading.)
1. Toward the Second Twentieth Century: The Second World War.
The Empires of Germany and Japan.
The Alliance Against the Axis.
The Fall of the German and Japanese Empires.
SPOTLIGHT: John Maynard Keynes.
2. The Cold War and the End of Western Empires, 1945-1950.
HIGHLIGHT: Containment and Anti-Communism.
The Cold War in the West.
SPOTLIGHT: Eleni Gatzoyiannis.
The Cold War in Asia.
3. Recovery in East Revolutions and Asia, 1950-1990.
SPOTLIGHT: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
HIGHLIGHT: Revolution and Command Economies.
War and Revolution in Indochina.
Japan’s Recovery from Defect.
4. New Nations in South Asia.
The New Island Republics.
Independence for India and Pakistan.
HIGHLIGHT: New Nations and Ethnic Strife.
India and Pakistan as Nation-States.
5. Africa and Latin America in the Third World.
Africa’s Liberation from Colonialism.
SPOTLIGHT: Nelson Mandela.
Latin America in the Cold War.
HIGHLIGHT: The Third World.
Democracy in Latin America.
6. Nations at War in the Middle East.
Israel and the Middle East.
SPOTLIGHT: Golda Meir.
Nation-Building and Petroleum.
War, Peace, and Islam.
HIGHLIGHT: Islam and Nation-States.
7. The Cold War and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, 1953-1991.
European Nations and European Union.
The Soviet Union and the Cold War.
HIGHLIGHT: The Cold War in Outer Space.
The Fall of the Soviet Empire.
SPOTLIGHT: Andrei Sakharov.
8. Local Wars, Global Economy: The World after The Cold War.
The Emergence of the Global Economy.
HIGHLIGHT: The Global Environment.
Local Wars and Peacekeeping.
Terrorism and Local Wars.
SPOTLIGHT: Osama bin Laden
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