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The Cold War and After: History, Theory, and the Logic of International Politics

Marc Trachtenberg


What makes for war or for a stable international system? Are there general principles that should govern foreign policy? This book explores how historical work can throw light on these questions. The essays in this book deal with specific problems—with such matters as nuclear strategy and U.S.–European relations. But the book's main goal is to show how in practice a certain type of scholarly work can be done. The book demonstrates how, in studying international politics, the conceptual and empirical sides of the analysis can be made to connect with each other, and how historical, theoretical, ... More

Keywords: international politics, foreign policy, nuclear strategy, preventive war, international order, American policy, Eastern Europe, Franco-American relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152028
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152028.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Trachtenberg, author
University of California, Los Angeles