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Out of the Shadow George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

Written by Christopher Maynard

Part of the Foreign Relations and the Presidency Series

Out of the Shadow George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War Synopsis

As America watched the fall of the Berlin Wall with great enthusiasm, President George H. W. Bush called the incident simply a good development. He knew that the Cold War was far from over and that bringing it to an end would require not only symbolic gestures but also practical diplomacy.During Bush's presidency (1989-93), the Berlin Wall fell, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, Germany was reunified, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Yet, many people believe the Cold War ended under Reagan and that Bush's foreign policy achievements were merely an extension of Reagan's policies.In this in-depth look at the Bush administration's handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush's contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. Out of the Shadow incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources. Its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War.

Out of the Shadow George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War Press Reviews

... a superb chronicle of an underappreciated moment in American diplomatic history - that moment when the first President Bush successfully managed the end of the Cold War.... a moment that Maynard narrates with grace and precision. An outstanding book. - John Robert Greene, Cazenovia College

Book Information

ISBN: 9781603440394
Publication date: 15th January 2009
Author: Christopher Maynard
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages

About Christopher Maynard

CHRISTOPHER MAYNARD is associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University and lives in Florence, Alabama.

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