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America's Half-Century: United States Foreign Policy in the Cold War and After
Did the United States "win" the Cold War? In its self-congratulatory euphoria, argues Thomas McCormick in this new edition of his highly acclaimed study, America neglected a twenty-year process of political and economic devolution—the real threat to global peace and prosperity. Revised andupdated through 1993, it describes how the end of the Cold War affected the United St ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published November 1st 1989)
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Adds an interesting historical narrative to the rise of the United States as a hegemon around the middle of the twentieth century. In the Wallersteinian tradition of world-systems analysis, McCormick documents the ascent to American hegemony with strong emphasis on the beginnings of the process surrounding the era of the first World War (although the author does acknowledge currents towards hegemony as far back as 1870 or so).
This book, which was a text in my fall 2005 Post-WWII America course, offers an interesting view of the Cold War and America's time as a superpower through a Marxist lens. It therefore firmly takes the view that the military struggles of the Cold War (including Vietnam, of course) were entirely about economic competition between superpowers and other nations. Ideology had no role at all.