Small Wars, Faraway Places

Small Wars, Faraway Places

Global Insurrection and the Making of the Modern World, 1945-1965

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A sweeping history of the Cold War's many "hot" wars born in the last gasps of empire 

The Cold War reigns in popular imagination as a period of tension between the two post-World War II superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, without direct conflict. Drawing from new archival research, prize-winning historian Michael Burleigh gives new meaning to the seminal decades of 1945 to 1965 by examining the many, largely forgotten, "hot" wars fought around the world. As once-great Western colonial empires collapsed, counter-insurgencies campaigns raged in the Philippines, the Congo, Iran, and other faraway places. Dozens of new nations struggled into existence, the legacies of which are still felt today. Placing these vicious struggles alongside the period-defining United States and Soviet standoffs in Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba, Burleigh swerves from Algeria to Kenya, to Vietnam and Kashmir, interspersing top-level diplomatic negotiations with portraits of the charismatic local leaders. The result is a dazzling work of history, a searing analysis of the legacy of imperialism and a reminder of just how the United States became the world's great enforcer.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2013]
ISBN: 9780670025459
Characteristics: 587 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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May 28, 2014

Like many another black African he soon discovered that Russian racism was of an even more virulent kind than he encountered in Britian.

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May 28, 2014

but victory is a women she does not give herself except to those who know how to take her.

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May 28, 2014

Mao had surprised Washington and Moscow alike by winning the Chinese civil war with ease.

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May 28, 2014

Stalin correctly perceived that foreign policy was the key to the survival of the Soviet regime.

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May 28, 2014

Never have so many been fucked about by so few/And neither the few nor the many/Have fuck all idea what to do,...

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Nov 23, 2019

I rather liked this book, its cynicism and worldly wise tone combined with its rather hectic pace of exciting and dangerous events propelled by sleazy skullduggery. Every continent but Australia and Antarctica are written about, with strong emphasis on Asia and Africa (the busiest and sleaziest). There are two nods given to Naipaul, the first being the dedication. Each chapter is about twenty pages long, and is a very concise historical narrative of the events it covers. They often contain memorable points, like incompetence and slutty-ness of president Kennedy, the ruthlessness of Mao and Stalin, and others. There is no concluding chapter; the only thing that serves as a conclusion is the last paragraph. It would be nice to read similar such books on subsequent twenty year periods. Lengthy notes and bibliography.

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