The Cold War: Interpreting Conflict through Primary Documents, 1st Edition

  • Priscilla Roberts
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  • ISBN-10: 144085212X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440852121
  • DDC: 909.82
  • 996 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released March 2019
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One of the most extensive to date, this set of primary source documents studies the Cold War comprehensively from its beginning, with the emergence of the world's first communist government in Russia in late 1917, to its end, in 1991. All of the key events, including the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the nuclear arms race, are discussed in detail. The primary sources provide insight into the thinking of all participants, drawing on Western, Soviet, Asian, and Latin American perspectives. In The Cold War: Interpreting Conflict through Primary Documents, primary documents are organized chronologically, allowing readers to appreciate the ramifications of the Cold War within a clear time frame. Extensive interpretive commentary provides in-depth background and context for each document. This work is an indispensable reference for all readers seeking to become deeply knowledgeable about the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Documents.
The Cold War: An Introduction.
Cold War Chronology.
1: The Bolshevik Revolution: The Second All-Russian Congress of Soviets: Speeches and Decrees, November 7–8, 1917.
2: The Bolshevik Revolution: Extract From Morgan Phillips Price, My Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution, 1921, November 4–11, 1917.
3: John Reed: Dispatch on the Bolshevik Revolt Cabled to the New York Call, November 13, 1917.
4: V. I. Lenin: “For Bread and Peace,” Written in Petrograd, December 14, 1917, First Published in German in May 1918 in the Newspaper Jugend-Internationale, No. 11.
5: President Woodrow Wilson: “The Fourteen Points,” Address to Joint Session of the U.S. Congress, January 8, 1918.
6: Allied Military Representatives of the Supreme War Council, Joint Note 31, June 3, 1918.
7: Secretary of State (Robert Lansing): Aide-Mémoire to the Allied Ambassadors, July 17, 1918.
8: The Soviet Reaction to Allied Intervention: Appeal of the Council of People’s Commissars to the Toiling Masses of England, America, France, Italy, and Japan on Allied Intervention in Russia, August 1, 1918.
9: Allied Intervention in Siberia: The Diary of Lieutenant Alf R. Thompson, November 1918–April 1919.
10: Allied Intervention in North Russia: Recollections of Major Edward Macmorland, May 1918–October 1919.
11: Li Dazhao: “The Victory of Bolshevism,” October 1918.
12: “Manifesto of the Communist International to the Proletarians of the World,” March 1919.
13: Secretary of State (Robert Lansing): Statement and Note to the Japanese Government Regarding the Withdrawal of American Military Forces From Siberia, January 17, 1920.
14: The Soviet Union Embraces the Popular Front: Resolution of the Seventh World Congress of the Communist International, August 1935.
15: Georgi Dimitrov, General Secretary of the Third Communist International: Telegram to the Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, August 15, 1936.
16: Mao Zedong: “Urgent Tasks of the Chinese Revolution Since the Formation of the Kuomintang Chinese Communist Party United Front,” September 1937.
17: Correspondence Between Albert Einstein and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, August 2, 1939, and October 19, 1939.
18: The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, Protocols, and Clarifications, August 23, 1939–January 10, 1941.
19: Mao Zedong: “On the New Democracy,” January 1940.
20: Summary of Report of Chinese Communist Party Politburo Official Zhou Enlai to the Comintern, January 1940.
21: May Day Manifesto of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, May 1, 1940.
22: Mao Zedong: Telegram to Georgi Dimitrov and Dmitry Zakharovich Manuilsky, November 7, 1940.
23: Henry R. Luce: “The American Century,” February 1941.
24: Ho Chi Minh: Letter From Abroad, May Or June 1941.
25: Hitler’s Decision to Invade the Soviet Union: Adolf Hitler to Benito Mussolini, June 21, 1941.
26: The Atlantic Charter, August 14, 1941.
27: Paraphrase of Letter, Franklin D. Roosevelt to Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, October 30, 1941.
28: Joseph Stalin Revises His Position on Germany: Speech on the Twenty-Fourth Anniversary of the October Revolution, to the Moscow Soviet and Representatives of Moscow Party and Public Organizations, November 6, 1941.
29: Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi, the Ventotene Manifesto: “Towards a Free and United Europe: A Draft Manifesto,” 1941.
30: The Warsaw Uprising: Telegrams Among the Allied Leaders, August 20–22, 1944.
31: The Yalta Accords, February 11, 1945.
32: United Nations Charter, June 26, 1945.
33: Harry S. Truman: Diary Entries on Joint Meetings, July 1945.
34: President Harry S. Truman Recalls the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb, August 6, 1945.
35: Atomic Attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 1945: Interview of Father Johannes A. Siemes, Recorded in September 1945.
36: Mao Zedong and Jiang Jieshi: Statements on the Situation in China, 1945.
37: William J. Donovan’s Letter to Harold D. Smith, Director, Bureau of the Budget, August 25, 1945.
38: George C. Marshall: “For the Common Defense,” Extract From Final Biennial Report to the Secretary of War, September 1, 1945.
39: Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, September 2, 1945.
40: The United States, the Soviet Union, and Iran: Exchange of Notes and Communiqué Regarding the Withdrawal of Foreign Troops From Iran, November 1945–April 1946.
41: The Soviet Union, the United States, and Turkey, Correspondence Regarding Control of the Dardanelles, November 1945–October 1946.
42: George F. Kennan: The Long Telegram, February 22, 1946.
43: Winston Churchill: “The Sinews of Peace” (Iron Curtain Speech), March 5, 1946.
44: Joseph Stalin: Reply to Winston Churchill, March 13, 1946.
45: Harry S. Truman: The Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947.
46: Harry S. Truman: Executive Order 9835, Truman Loyalty Oath, March 21, 1947.
47: George C. Marshall: Remarks by the Secretary of State (Marshall Plan), June 5, 1947.
48: United States National Security Act, July 26, 1947.
49: Jawaharlal Nehru: “A Tryst with Destiny,” Speech on Indian Independence, August 14, 1947.
50: Soviet Announcement of the Establishment of the Cominform, September 1, 1947.
51: Rio De Janeiro Conference for the Maintenance of Continental Peace and Security (Rio Pact), August–September 1947.
52: Charter of the Organization of American States, Bogotá Conference of American States, March 30–May 2, 1948.
53: Harry S. Truman: Statement Recognizing the Creation of Israel, May 15, 1948.
54: Vandenberg Resolution (Senate Resolution 239), 80th Congress, June 11, 1948.
55: Cominform Resolution on Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Reply, June–July 1948.
56: Soviet and Allied Statements on the Berlin Blockade, July 1948.
57: United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 1948.
58: The Announcement of Point Four: President Harry S. Truman, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1949.
59: North Atlantic Treaty, April 4, 1949.
60: Preparing to Lean to One Side: Mao Zedong, “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship: in Commemoration of the Twenty-Eighth Anniversary of the Communist Party of China,” June 30, 1949.
61: Secretary of State Dean Acheson to President Harry S. Truman: Letter of Transmittal of The China White Paper: United States Relations With China With Special Reference to the Period 1944–1949, July 30, 1949.
62: Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, August 12, 1949.
63: Mao Zedong: “The Chinese People Have Stood Up!” Opening Address at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, September 21, 1949.
64: First U.S. Acknowledgment of Soviet Atomic Bomb Detonation, September 23, 1949.
65: Soviet Espionage During World War II: Robert J. Lamphere to Meredith Gardner, “Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs Aka Karl Fuchs,” September 26, 1949.
66: The Common Program of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Adopted in Beijing, September 29, 1949.
67: Mao Zedong: Proclamation of the Central People’s Government of the Prc, October 1, 1949.
68: Dean Acheson: National Press Club Speech, “Crisis in Asia—An Examination of U.S. Policy,” January 12, 1950.
69: Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance Between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the People’s Republic of China, February 14, 1950.
70: Joseph McCarthy: Speech on the Spread of Communism in the United States, February 20, 1950.
71: Dean Acheson: “The Situation in the Far East,” U.S. Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations, March 29, 1950.
72: Nsc-68: U.S. Objectives and Programs for National Security, April 7, 1950.
73: President Harry S. Truman: Statement by the President on the Situation in Korea, June 27, 1950.
74: Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Zhou Enlai: Telegram Exchange, October 1–2, 1950.
75: Harry S. Truman and Clement Attlee: Joint Communiqué, December 8, 1950.
76: Harry S. Truman: Truman’s Declaration of A National Emergency, December 16, 1950.
77: Irving Kaufman: Rosenberg Trial, Statement Upon Sentencing, April 5, 1951.
78: Harry S. Truman: Statement and Order by the President on Relieving General Macarthur, April 11, 1951.
79: Douglas Macarthur: Post-Recall Speech to Congress, April 19, 1951.
80: Security Treaty Between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America (Anzus Pact), September 1, 1951.
81: United States–Japan Security Treaty, September 8, 1951.
82: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Se-39: Probable Consequences of the Death of Stalin and of the Elevation of Malenkov to Leadership in the Ussr, March 9, 1953.
83: Secret “Report on the Events in Berlin on 16 and 17 June 1953,” From P. Naumov, Correspondent in Berlin to D. T. Shelipov, Editor-in-Chief of Pravda, June 22, 1953.
84: Korean Armistice Agreement, July 27, 1953.
85: Loy Henderson: Letter From the Ambassador in Iran to the Department of State on the Coup in Iran, August 23, 1953.
86: Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea, October 1, 1953.
87: Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Atoms for Peace” Speech, December 8, 1953.
88: John Foster Dulles: Speech on Massive Retaliation, January 12, 1954.
89: Dwight D. Eisenhower: “The Row of Dominoes,” Presidential Press Conference, April 7, 1954.
90: Army-McCarthy Hearings Testimony, April 22, 1954.
91: Agreement Between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China on Trade and Intercourse Between the Tibet Region of China and India, April 29, 1954.
92: Brown V. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, May 17, 1954.
93: Cia Memorandum: Cia’s Role in the Overthrow of Árbenz, 1954.
94: Final Declaration of the Geneva Conference on the Problem of Restoring Peace in Indo-China, July 21, 1954.
95: Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, Manila, Philippines, September 8, 1954.
96: Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States of America and the Republic of China, December 2, 1954.
97: Graham Greene: The Quiet American (1955).
98: Pact of Mutual Co-Operation Between Iraq and Turkey, Baghdad, Iraq, February 24, 1955.
99: Sukarno: Speech at the Opening of the Bandung Conference, April 18, 1955.
100: Supplementary Speech of Premier Zhou Enlai at the Plenary Session of the Asian-African Conference, April 19, 1955.
101: Warsaw Security Pact, May 14, 1955.
102: Einstein-Russell Appeal, July 10, 1955.
103: Nikita Khrushchev: Speech on the Cult of Personality (Secret Speech), February 25, 1956.
104: John Foster Dulles: “The Cost of Peace,” Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, June 9, 1956.
105: Mao Zedong: “U.S. Imperialism Is A Paper Tiger,” July 14, 1956.
106: Egyptian Law Nationalizing the Suez Canal Company, July 26, 1956.
107: Hungarian Revolution: Sixteen Political, Economic, and Ideological Points, October 22, 1956.
108: Dwight D. Eisenhower: Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Developments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, October 31, 1956.
109: Imre Nagy: Final Message to the Hungarian People, November 4, 1956.
110: Nikita Khrushchev: Report From the London Times on “We Will Bury You” Speech, November 19, 1956.
111: Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Eisenhower Doctrine, January 5, 1957.
112: Central Intelligence Agency Reports: Announcement of the Soviet Satellite and Comments on the Satellite and the Soviet Space Program; Soviet Delegates’ Reaction to Announcement of Earth Satellite Launching, November 28, 1957.