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Economic Security and the Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1950

Economic Security and the Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1950

By Robert A. Pollard

Columbia University Press, 1985, 378 pp.

This "post-revisionist synthesis" not only rebuts some of the more misleading interpretations of American policy that have been put forward in the last 20 years but, more important, pulls together original and secondary sources to describe what actually happened during the Truman years. There are a few errors, and a certain fuzziness about the connection between economic security as "the reliance upon economic power to achieve strategic ends" and the building of a multilateral economic system, but the fundamentals are clear and sound. The resulting picture is not so different from what many observers thought they saw at the time.