Introduction. The Origins Of The Cold War. The End of World War II and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age. The Cold War Institutionalized. The Cold War in Asia: A Change of Venue. Confrontation and Coexistence. Nationalism And The End Of Colonialism. Decolonization in Asia. Decolonization in Africa. The Middle East: The Arab-Israeli Conflict. The Shifting Sands Of Global Power. The Communist World After Stalin. The War in Indochina. Detente and the End of Bipolarity. The Third World. Problems of Economic Development in the Third World. Africa. Latin America. The People's Republic of China and Taiwan. The Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Transition To A New Era. Japan, Korea, and East Asian Economic Development. The Globalization of the Economy. The Soviet Union: From Perestroika to the Retreat from Empire. The Nuclear Arms Race. Political Islam and the Middle East. September 11 and Its Consequences. The End of the Postwar Age.