The author has few peers in his ability to use archivally based historical research to illuminate the present and suggest directions for the future. As a leading "post-revisionist" during the 1980s he moved beyond the debate over whether the United States or the Soviet Union bore principal guilt for the Cold War to note how the two had created a "long peace" (at least outside of the Third World). The essays in this book, written over the last seven years, further explore why great power war did not occur. The conclusion offers qualified hope that the disincentives to war that grew between the great powers can be extended to the rest of the world.
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