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Westad-The Global Cold War

Westad-The Global Cold War

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Published by Andrew S. Terrell
Westad, Odd Arne.
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005
Westad, Odd Arne.
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005

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• Westad, Odd Arne.
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.Odd Westad seeks to remind his readers that the Cold War was indeed a global phenomena in his latest monograph. Of great interest when seeking connections between ColdWar scenarios and contemporary conflict in 2010, Westad points out how, in a multipolar muchlike a bipolar one, opposition to one does not always mean support for another. Westad alsodocuments the slow trend from north to south Africa throughout the latter decades of the ColdWar as Marxist regimes pushed Western allies further south. Using extensive archival researchall over the world, Westad argues that there were connections between the superpower hegemonyconflict and Third World decolonization efforts.Following his symposium address in the late 1990s on the use of Soviet and other language archives when trying to redraw what we really know about the Cold War, Westadmoves the traditional Anglo-centric narrative to Third World nations. Westad contends both theUnited States and the Soviet Union had visions of a new world system based on the perceivedstrengths of their regimes: liberty and social justice respectively. Westad orients narrative in thedirection of showing what he believes to be the largest tragedy of the cold war; that two projects both genuinely anti colonial in origins became part of a much older pattern of colonialdomination.Because of the alarming moves that ended up imposing a new colonialist trend insuperpower policies, Westad concludes that Soviet engagement in Afghanistan hastened thecollapse of the Soviet Union. Not only did it exacerbate a deteriorating economy, but theintended result of bettering relations with Iran under Khomeini failed to come to fruition becauseof religious determinism. Agency throughout Westad’s monograph is given to local actors
 Andrew S. Terrell HIST 6393: Empire, War and Revolution
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Fall 2010

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