In each chapter a description of the perspective's underlying theoretical framework and how it explains US foreign policy is followed by a critique of that theory and explanation. A central theme, developed throughout the book, is the difficulty of managing the constant tension between the explanatory power of theory and the historian's desire to encompass the complex totality of historical events.
This critical companion can be read alongside the works of the historians themselves, showing how they have sought to explain US Cold War foreign policy and the key differences between their perspectives.
- 1st complete discussion of the 6 schools of thought in one volume
- Discusses current issues such as corporatism, world systems theory and post-structuralim in an accessible manner
- original use of the 'levels of analysis' framework in studying this subject
- demonstrates in practical terms how each theory explains US Cold War foreign policy
5. World Systems Theory
6. Post-Structuralism and Culture
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Hurst's book is a valuable summary of all the main strands of theoretical explorations into the Cold War policy of the United States. The relative shortness of the book make it ideal as an advanced undergraduate or postgraduate reader.
Steven Hurst provides a clear and sophisticated discussion of various approaches to the historical understanding of the Cold War. I recommend this book very strongly to everyone who is interested in Cold War history and historiography.
A good historiographical summary / critique of six persepectives on American Cold War foreign policy.
Hurst has written a challenging book that crosses the sometimes treacherous boundaries of history and political science. It is a fine look at Cold War historiography.