Mental Maps in the Early Cold War Era, 1945-68 by Jonathan Wright, Steven Casey

By Jonathan Wright, Steven Casey

The early chilly warfare was once a interval of dramatic swap. New superpowers emerged, the ecu powers have been eclipsed, colonial empires tottered. Political leaders in all places needed to make sizeable alterations. This quantity explores their hopes and fears, their experience in their position on the planet and of the limitations less than which they laboured.

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In July 1945, after meeting with some of his old senatorial colleagues who were keen to assure him that ‘the European world is at an end and Russia is the big bad wolf’, Truman responded with scorn. ’18 Despite Europe’s recuperative capacities, Truman believed that it had a worrying propensity to mire the world in war. ’19 In trying to prevent future European conflicts, Truman differed markedly from his predecessor. During 1944 and 1945, Roosevelt had increasingly placed the blame squarely on the whole German nation, which he saw as inherently militaristic and aggressive.

49. Cited in M. L. Hauner, ‘Stalin’s Big-fleet Program’, Naval War College Review, vol. 7, no. 2 (Spring 2004), 114. 50. Vasil’ev and Morin, Superlinkory Stalina. 51. Chuev, 140 besed s Molotovym, 296. 52. ‘Joseph Stalin’s conversation with a British Labour delegation’, 14 October 1947. org) for obtaining, translating and sharing this document. 2 Harry S. Truman Steven Casey The Truman presidency marked a major transformation in the United States’ relationship with the world. In June 1940, when Nazi Germany overturned the global balance of power by defeating France in just six weeks, the Roosevelt administration sat back and did very little.

Golikov, Sovetskaia Armiia v Gody ‘Kholodnoi Voiny’(1945–1991) (Tomsk, 2004), 22. Personnel numbers are from V. Shunkov, Krasnaia Armiia (Minsk, 2004), 9. 38. Shunkov, Krasnaia Armiia, 9. A word of caution: other sources – for example, R. Overy’s Russia’s War (New York, 1998), 155 – cite weapons production figures of somewhat greater magnitude for the same year. 39. A. Werblan, ‘The Conversation between Wladislaw Gomulka and Joseph Stalin on 14 November 1945’, Cold War International History Project Bulletin, no.

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