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World Since 1945


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Table of Contents

  • 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 Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Decolonization in the Arab World.
  • 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 Global South.
  • The Challenges of Economic Development.
  • Africa.
  • Latin America.
  • The People's Republic of China and Taiwan.
  • The Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
  • The Emergence of a New Landscape.
  • The Globalization of the Economy.
  • The Rise of East Asia. Russia: The Legacy of Soviet Empire.
  • The Nuclear Arms Race.
  • The Emergence of Political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • September 11, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
  • The Arab Spring: Turning to Winter?

About the Author

Wayne C. McWilliams and Harry Piotrowski are emeritus professors in the Department of History at Towson University.


"Clearly conceived, written with verve and moral commitment, it should be welcomed by student readers. " - World History Bulletin

"McWilliams and Piotrowski provide a thoughtful and integrated appreciation of a huge topic and have produced a book that deserves a wide readership. " - Australia and World Affairs

"Exceedingly effective.... [The authors provide] a coherent summary of international history during the Cold War and beyond." - Journal of World History

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