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Out of the shadow : George H.W. Bush and the end of the Cold War /
Christopher Maynard.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2008.
description
xi, 176 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1603440399 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781603440394 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2008.
isbn
1603440399 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781603440394 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The primacy of the National Security Council : beyond containment in Europe -- Bush and Gorbachev : the road to Malta -- Personal diplomacy : the reunification of Germany -- A glimpse of the post-Cold War world : the Persian Gulf War -- "When you lose your best enemy" : the collapse of the Soviet Union -- The prudent cold warrior : the foreign policy legacy of George Bush -- Timeline of events : George Bush and the end of the Cold War.
catalogue key
6671069
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-170) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-07-01:
Many historians have focused on Reagan and Gorbachev for ending the Cold War, but Maynard (history and political science, North Alabama) believes that George Bush's leadership in the transition to the post-Cold War period, particularly the freeing of Eastern Europe and the beginnings of a new world order, was equally or even more important. Bush was not a continuation of Reagan as his style, approach, and policies led in quite different, even adversarial, directions. Although admittedly not a success as a political leader or domestic president, Bush's adroit management of key foreign policy issues allowed the Cold War to end "with a whimper, not a bang." Although it is far too soon for anything more than preliminary judgments on the end of the Cold War, this is a well-designed, well-written early account that highlights the important achievement of an otherwise rather lackluster presidency. It should be read alongside Timothy Naftali's George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993 (2007), Norman A. Graebner et al.'s Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War (CH, Dec'08, 46-2336), and Mark Sandle's Gorbachev: Man of the Twentieth Century (2008). Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. J. P. Dunn Converse College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An insightful and thought-provoking account of a crucial yet underappreciated chapter in recent world history. Winding down the Cold War looked simple, but appearances deceived. Christopher Maynard pulls back the veil to show how it happened."--H. W. Brands, Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
�An insightful and thought-provoking account of a crucial yet underappreciated chapter in recent world history. Winding down the Cold War looked simple, but appearances deceived. Christopher Maynard pulls back the veil to show how it happened.�--H. W. Brands, Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
". . . a valuable resource in this reasoned account of American decision making before, during, and after the collapse of Soviet power in Europe." Jeffrey A. Engel, American Historical Review
"Draws on previously untapped sources in a study of the administration''s response to the dissolution of the East Bloc." -Chronicle Review
"Draws on previously untapped sources in a study of the administration's response to the dissolution of the East Bloc." -Chronicle Review
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Summaries
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In this in-depth look at the Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union.
Main Description
As America watched the fall of the Berlin Wall with great enthusiasm, President George H. W. Bush called the incident simply "a good development." He knew that the Cold War was far from over and that bringing it to an end would require not only symbolic gestures but also practical diplomacy. During Bush's presidency (1989-93), the Berlin Wall fell, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, Germany was reunified, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Yet, many people believe the Cold War ended under Reagan and that Bush's foreign policy achievements were merely an extension of Reagan's policies. In this in-depth look at the Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush's contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. Out of the Shadow incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources. Its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Primacy of the National Security Council: Beyond Containment in Europep. 1
Bush and Gorbachev: The Road to Maltap. 27
Personal Diplomacy: The Reunification of Germanyp. 53
A Glimpse of the Post-Cold War World: The Persian Gulf Warp. 75
"When You Lose Your Best Enemy": The Collapse of the Soviet Unionp. 92
The Prudent Cold Warrior: The Foreign Policy Legacy of George Bushp. 116
Timeline of Events: George Bush and the End of the Cold Warp. 133
Notesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 171
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