© 1992

Essays on the Cold War


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 1-14
  3. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 15-31
  4. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 32-50
  5. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 51-59
  6. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 60-80
  7. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 81-98
  8. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 99-104
  9. John P. Farrell
    Pages 105-129
  10. John P. Farrell
    Pages 130-141
  11. John P. Farrell
    Pages 142-162
  12. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 185-206
  13. Murray Wolfson
    Pages 207-209
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 210-244

About this book


This book is concerned with the ideological origins of the cold war and how it was fought by economic means. The book revolves around four major themes. Firstly, it is argued that the origin of the cold war is not to be found in rational, economic motivation, but in ideology through which both the East and West perceived 'reality'. Secondly, these ideological preconceptions generated complex feed-back processes of hostility that lasted forty years. Thirdly, although this hostility was expressed in political, ideological and military terms, the decisive battle was fought in economic terms as each nation devoted resources to unproductive military purposes. Finally, the end of the cold war came with the collapse of the dysfunctional Soviet economy. Although, the Soviets lost the cold war, in the light of the ascendancy of its competitors, the United States did not win it.


economy nation Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) USA

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityFullertonUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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