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The Imaginary War: Understanding The East-West Conflict
The Imaginary War: Understanding The East-West Conflict
By Mary Kaldor
Basil Blackwell, 1990, 290 pp

The central argument of this challenging essay by a scholar and sometime peace activist is that the leaders of both East and West created the image of-i.e., imagined-a hostile foe as a means of managing internal conflict. She denies that there was an objective conflict in a materialistic sense. Nuclear weapons made the Cold War a most dangerous complicity.