By Gordon Martel
Priceless compilation of essays protecting the main occasions of the 20 th century. status out from this total striking physique of labor are the contributions at the undertones and factors of WW I (Martel's forte) and 3 chapters on often-overlooked advancements resulting in WW II.
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30 It was more than a symptom; it was a fact. It took Germans and Czechs and Poles and Balts and Slovaks and others a half-century to achieve their nationalist aspirations, but it was they who caused the collapse of the Soviet Empire. FDR’s death quickly ended cooperation as the watchword as the new president, Harry Truman, took advice from those advisers of FDR who had swung to a get-tough approach to the USSR. That did not cause the Cold War, which had antecedents that stretched from 1917 to the Polish independence crisis.
28 On the surface it said all the right things. But Roosevelt, Churchill (who agreed with the message), and Stalin – as well as the Polish leaders in London – all knew full well what it meant. , Poles and Germans) westward to ﬁt into the new Polish boundaries – and Roosevelt knew that Stalin was about to recognize just such a “friendly” government, the socalled Lublin Poles. So where did it all go wrong? Certainly not at Yalta. When the Grand Alliance leaders met for the last time before Germany surrendered (unconditionally), the basics of a political settlement had been decided.
China had enhanced its prestige and power by its role in the Korean War, and became more conﬁdent about dealing with the Soviet Union as an equal partner. Convinced that the western capitalist world was now weaker than that of the communist camp, Mao took an assertive approach toward achieving China’s security concerns, resulting in Beijing’s attack on the Taiwan offshore islands of 1958, the suppression of the separatist Tibetan rebels, and growing tensions with India. 28 In the West, the transatlantic relationship was strained by the Suez crisis and by America’s interest in reducing troops in Europe, but NATO 306 SAKI RUTH DOCKRILL managed to develop a more pragmatic strategy to cope with the growing Soviet nuclear threat.
A Companion to International History 1900–2001 by Gordon Martel