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The World Since 1945


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List of Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Prologue: A New Era in International Politics 1. The Second World War and its consequences 2. The beginning of the post-war world The Cold War, 1945-1962 3. The antagonists 4. From Potsdam to the Marshall Plan, 1945-47 5. From the Prague Coup to the North Atlantic Treaty, 1948-49 6. From Korea to Hungary, 1949-1956 7. The Berlin and Cuba Crises, 1957-1962 Reflection: The Cold War in its early phases Decolonization and Wars of Succession, 1945-1960s 8. The Middle East, 1945-c. 1962 9. Transformation in Asia, 1945-1962 10. The New Africa 11. The Bandung Conference, 1955 and Non-alignment 12. Latin America Contested, 1945-1973 Reflection: The 'Third World' The Cold War: Detente 13. The Cold War and Detente, 1963-1969 14. The high tide of detente, 1969-1975 15. The end of detente, 1976-1980 Reflection: The essence of detente The Changing World Order, 1960s-1990s 16. The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1963-1982 17. The Geopolitics of Oil, 1973-91 18. The Rise of Asia, c.1962-1990s 19. Turmoil in Africa, c.1962-1990s 20. Latin America in World Affairs, 1970s-1990s Reflection: Where is Europe? The Ending of the Cold War 21. Renewed Cold War, 1980-85 22. Gorbachev and Reagan, 1985-88 23. Three years that shook the world, 1989-91 Reflection: The Cold War in Retrospect After the Cold War 24. Global Issues 25. Nationalism, Political Conflict, and War in Europe 26. The Wounded Hegemon 27. Democracy and Human Rights Further reading Index

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A comprehensive survey of international affairs from the end of the Second World War, through to the Cold War and up to the present day.

About the Author

P. M. H. Bell was formerly Reader in History at the University of Liverpool, UK. Mark Gilbert is Professor of History and International Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, USA.


The text is punctuated with pithy judgments about historical actors ... Crisp writing of this sort retains the reader's attention, whether undergraduates or old hands. The text's broad geographic range also offers unexpected rewards. I, admittedly not an African specialist, was especially struck by the detailed coverage of the Western Sahara dispute between Mauritania and Morocco, as well as Libyan and French involvement in Chad's civil wars. * Journal of Modern History *
The literature on international history since 1945 has become so vast and elaborate during the past decades that we badly need a compact survey of the kind that Philip Bell and Mark Gilbert provide. This consistently reliable and highly readable book will help readers to understand the main events that shaped the world we live in today. * Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University, the Netherlands *
The authors of the second edition of The World since 1945 have done readers a great service. Out of the complicated history of our times, they have produced an impressively streamlined and accessible account. It is recommended for anyone wishing to understand more about the forces that produced today's world. * Mary Elise Sarotte, University of Southern California Dornsife, USA *
There could be no better person than Mark Gilbert to help revise and bring up to date Philip Bell's classic account of post-1945 international history. The book's elegance of style, thematic coherence and mastery of the issues are all maintained, making it an essential purchase for students and specialists alike. * Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge, UK *

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