Cold War

History Files

The Cold War

(with 10 loose-leaf facsimile documents)
  1. Michael F. Hopkins
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  • ISBN 9780500289587
  • 21.00 x 17.00 cm
  • Paperback (with 10 facsimile documents)
  • 144pp
  • 153 Illustrations, 105 in colour
  • First published 2011
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‘Very good indeed … well designed, with a perfect balance between pictures and text. It’s informative and authoritative … a fascinating look at a period that many of us lived through’ – Bournemouth Daily Echo

A geopolitical contest between the United States and its allies on one side, and the Soviet Union, China and their associates on the other, the Cold War was about power and military competition, but it was also a struggle between two political and economic systems.

Charting almost fifty years of global confrontation, The Cold War is ideal for the general reader looking for a thorough introduction to the subject, and indispensable to all students of the era, highlighting the impact of the conflict on the culture of the times, and bringing home the reality of life in the shadow of the Bomb.

Nuclear weapons meant that this rivalry could not escalate without the risk of global oblivion. Crises arose and proxy conflicts occurred, sometimes resulting – as in Korea and Vietnam – in large-scale death tolls. In the main, however, confrontation took the form of a battle for hearts and minds. Coinciding with a new era of mass communications, the war was conducted through propaganda campaigns in books, newspapers, radio, cinema and, later, television.

Michael Hopkins is an expert guide to the origins, development, eventual ending and ongoing legacies of the Cold War.

• A set of loose-leaf facsimile documents includes a Soviet poster, an information leaflet on how to survive an atomic bomb, a letter from President Truman and propaganda comics
• More than 150 images – including contemporary photographs, cartoons, film posters and magazine covers – give further insight into the tensions and global impact of the Cold War
• Includes boxes on specific themes and events and many quotations from first-hand accounts

‘Very good indeed … well designed, with a perfect balance between pictures and text. It’s informative and authoritative … a fascinating look at a period that many of us lived through’ – Bournemouth Daily Echo

Michael F. Hopkins is Senior Lecturer 
in the School of History at the University of Liverpool and a leading authority on the Cold War. He has written widely on the subject, and his recent books include The Cold War, 1945–1991.