A Brief History of the Cold War by Lee Edwards

By Lee Edwards

The chilly warfare used to be an important clash in American heritage. At stake was once no matter if the area will be ruled via the forces of totalitarianism led through the Soviet Union, or encouraged by way of the foundations of financial and political freedom embodied within the usa. The chilly battle tested the United States because the chief of the unfastened international and an international superpower. It formed U.S. army technique, fiscal coverage, and family politics for almost 50 years.

In a short historical past of the chilly conflict, individual students Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal occasions of this protracted fight and clarify the techniques that at last resulted in victory for freedom. They research the improvement and implementation of containment, détente, and at last President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The chilly conflict teaches very important classes approximately statecraft and America's essential function on the planet.

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The individual chapters are not ordered according to any strict unilinear sequence––indeed, it might well be judged to be the case that they can be read individually and out of sequence––but the book as a whole does possess a certain narrative logic which moves the argument forward to the present day. Having (hopefully) reached this point, the reader should not expect a series of resounding and forthright conclusions. The aim is to provide what might be seen as a broad conspectus of the French political tradition as it has evolved over the past two hundred years and more.

43 The French people, having freed itself from servitude, now needed to establish the empire of law. It was initially the Comte de Mirabeau who most forcefully expressed what were perceived to be the dangers and absurdity of undue abstraction. As early as 15 June 1789 when opposing the proposal of the citoyen-philosophe Sieyès to 40 Archives Parlementaires, 8 (1875), 452. Ibid. 222–3, 458. 42 See Robert Griffiths, Le Centre perdu: Malouet et les « monarchiens » dans la Révolution française (Grenoble, 1988).

These were restricted to ‘liberty, property, security and the resistance to oppression’. The tension between the potentially rival claims of liberty and equality was established at the outset. 4 Next, civil equality did not entail political equality. The promise of equal participation in the formation of the general will was quickly withdrawn as constitutional theorists––with Sieyès foremost among them–– sought to reduce the political influence of the people with a variety of ingenious proposals, most notably the distinction between active and passive citizens.

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