Book In the shadow of the Cold War : American foreign policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump / Timothy J. Lynch.
Publication year: 2020.
Call Number E840 .L965 2020
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ;New York, NY : Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521199872 0521199875 9780521136761 0521136768
Series title: Cambridge Essential Histories
Extent: x, 261 pages ; 24 cm.
"This book offers a bold re-interpretation of the prevailing narrative that US foreign policy after the Cold War was a failure. In chapters that retell and reargue the key episodes of the post-Cold War years, Lynch argues that the Cold War cast a shadow on the presidents that came after it and that success came more from adapting to that shadow than in attempts to escape it. When strategic lessons of the Cold War were applied, presidents fared better; when they were forgotten, they fared worse. This book tells the story not of a revolution in American foreign policy but of its essentially continuous character from one era to the next. While there were many setbacks between the fall of Soviet communism and the opening years of the Trump administration, from Rwanda to 9/11 and Iraq to Syria, Lynch demonstrates that the United States remained the world's dominant power." -- Publisher's web site.
Introduction. -- George H. W. Bush new world order, old world president, 1989-1992 -- Bill Clinton new think, 1993-1996 -- Bill Clinton : the return of old think, 1997-2000 -- George W. Bush : a new Cold War, 2001-2004 -- George W. Bush : Truman redux, 2005-2008 -- Barack Obama's flexible response, 2009-2012 -- Barack Obama's soft containment, 2013-2017 -- Conclusion : Donald Trump and the end of the Cold War shadow?