This compelling book persuasively links the Cold War and struggles against imperial rule. The authors provide a cogent and concise description of the post–World War II era and reveal the strong links between the Cold War and anti-colonialism movements.
This concise and engaging book argues that the Cold War and anti-colonial movements should properly be studied and taught together, not as distinct developments, but rather as interwoven aspects of a complex global transformation. The authors provide a cogent and concise description of the post–World War II era and reveal connective dimensions of that era that remain hidden in books that focus primarily on either the Cold War or the struggles against imperial rule. It not only deals with anti-colonialism and Cold War together but also portrays the Cold War as a contest between “anti-imperialist empires,” capped by the collapse of one of them—the multicultural trans-regional Soviet realm—in a work that is engaging and accessible to both students and general readers.
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Chapter 1: Introduction: The Struggle against Imperialism and Its Cold War Connections
Chapter 2. Empires, Ideologies, and Nations: Imperialism, Anti-Imperialism, and the Cold War
Chapter 3: “Long Live the Victory of People’s War”: Anti-Imperialism and the Cold War in Asia
Chapter 4: “We Are Today Free and Independent”: Anti-Imperialism and the Cold War in the Middle East
Chapter 5: “Scram from Africa!”: Anti-Imperialism and the Cold War in Africa
Chapter 6: “So Far from God…So Close to the United States”: Anti-Imperialism and the Cold War in Latin America
Chapter 7: “Every Country Decides Which Road to Take”: The End of the Soviet Russian Empire
Chapter 8: “Empires Wax and Wane”: Overview and Conclusions
Bibliography: Suggestions for Further Reading