The End Of The Cold War: Its Meaning And Implications

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The End Of The Cold War: Its Meaning And Implications

Edited by Michael J. Hogan
Cambridge University Press, 1992
275 pp. $44.95
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This is a stimulating collection of essays mainly by diplomatic historians. Most of them appeared in Diplomatic History, the admirable journal of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, which Michael Hogan also edits. They tend toward the revisionist side, but are sufficiently diverse to arouse the reader's interest. As Raymond Garthoff notes in his own essay: "It was the Soviet threat, real or imagined, that generated the American dedication to waging the Cold War. . . . The revisionist interpretation errs in attributing initiative and design to American diplomacy, but it is not entirely wrong."