The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points
This book systematically explores the mutual interconnections of events in diverse regional Cold War theaters—both the horizontal connections between regions and the vertical connections of each regional conflict to the global Cold War. “How do we understand the Cold War,” writes the editor, Lorenz Lüthi, “if from one direction, we narrow the focus of inquiry from the superpower conflict to the level of regional struggles, and widen the focus from individual country case studies to the subsystemic level of the Cold War?”
The Regional Cold Wars covers Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East in the crucial periods 1953–56, 1965–69, 1978–83, and the late 1980s—beginning with Stalin’s death and ending with the end of US-Soviet antagonism. Contributions are based on documents from China, India, the Arab Middle East, Serbia, the former Soviet Union, former East Germany, former Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and its contributors include many of the leading scholars in international Cold War history. Their work reveals the agency of smaller powers in the development and end of the Cold War, including regional powers Egypt, Iraq, and Vietnam.
Lorenz M. Lüthi is an associate professor of the history of international relations at McGill University.