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History of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century (Volume II)

Editor(s): Boris F. Martyn, Anatoly V. Torkunov, William C. Wohlforth

Book Description

This second volume, focusing on 1945-1991, unpacks the reasons for the Cold War and takes the reader through its ebbs, flows and unexpected end. How did the allies of World War II become enemies? The authors argue that the Cold War controversy could have been avoided, or at least mitigated, had the sides been guided by healthy pragmatism instead of ideology and megalomania.

Contradictory relations between the superpowers, regional wars and conflicts, and the scramble to escape a nuclear Holocaust—all of this reads sometimes as a good detective story. Perestroika and Glasnost, useful as they might be, came too late to radically improve the poisonous atmosphere of enmity in East-West relations. The end of the Cold War did not mean the end of rivalry. Good will in this case did not guarantee good outcomes. As civilizational, cultural, personal and religious contradictions begin to replace economic and social divides, we need to be fully aware of our past if we are to do our best to resolve these issues.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4379-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4379-X
Date of Publication: 01/02/2020
Pages / Size: 398 / A5
Price: £67.99


Anatoly V. Torkunov is Professor and Rector of MGIMO University, Russia, and Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the President of the Russian International Studies Association and Co-president of the Russian Historical Society. He is also the author and co-author of nine books and more than 200 articles and book chapters.

William C. Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor at Dartmouth College, USA, where he teaches in the Department of Government. Before coming to Dartmouth, he taught at Princeton and Georgetown Universities, USA. He is the author and editor of nine books and some 60 articles and chapters.

Boris F. Martynov is Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia at MGIMO University, Russia. From 1999 to 2016, he served as a Deputy Director at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has authored ten books and over 100 articles.