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The Last Great Game: USA Versus USSR
The Last Great Game: USA Versus USSR
By Paul Dukes
St. Martin's, 1989, 209 pp.

This is no run-of-the-mill history of the cold war. Rather, it is an inquiry with a longer historical reach, into factors of national experience and political culture, the nature of great power rivalry (e.g., the earlier great game between Britain and Russia), the significance of the divergent messages of Wilson and Lenin, the different stages of the process of modernization, and, following the themes of the Braudel school of history, the influence of short-term and long-term realities. A learned and occasionally pretentious book, broad in scope and often refreshingly sharp in its comments.