Empire And Cold War: The Roots Of U.S.-Third World Antagonism, 1945-47

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Empire And Cold War: The Roots Of U.S.-Third World Antagonism, 1945-47

By Scott L. Bills
St. Martin's, 1990
280 pp. $35.00
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Most histories of the Cold War focus on Europe and the direct conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. This excellent study explores the ambivalent and fundamentally unsympathetic way in which the United States responded to the collapse of European colonialism and the emergence of strident Third World nationalism. Throughout much of the Third World the United States was the great disappointment, a barrier to self-determination. Therein lay the roots of lasting anti-Americanism. Given American political and economic assumptions and the Cold War, the author depicts the outcome as inevitable.

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