THE LONG TWENTIETH CEN­TURY

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THE COLD WAR

A WORLD HIS­TORY

ODD ARNE WESTAD

“For gen­er­a­tions, the Cold War was con­text, the in­escapable set­ting of po­lit­i­cal life. This his­tory sets the Cold War it­self in con­text, within the greater land­scape of world his­tory, deeply un­der­stood and

mas­ter­fully pre­sented. It is a pow­er­ful syn­the­sis by one of our

great his­to­ri­ans.”

—TIMOTHY SNY­DER,

author of Blood­lands

“Thanks to Odd Arne Westad, we can no longer think of the Cold War as a two-player game

played by just the Amer­i­can and Soviet su­per­pow­ers. Westad now gives us a new his­tory of the ri­valry be­tween cap­i­tal­ism and com­mu­nism, trac­ing its ori­gins back to the 1890s and show­ing that it had a kind of afterlife be­yond the 1990s.”

—NIALL FER­GU­SON,

Stanford Univer­sity

“Odd Arne Westad pro­vides a pow­er­ful anal­y­sis of why the Cold War oc­curred, what it meant, and why it still matters. This is a book that ev­ery­one

in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics and for­eign pol­icy should read. It is a riv­et­ing story, told by one of the fore­most world his­to­ri­ans.”

—JEREMI SURI, author of

The Im­pos­si­ble Pres­i­dency

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