The final edition of this enormously successful standard work has been completely revised to cover fifty-five years, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of world history since the end of the Second World War.
Written in an impeccably clear, succinct and challenging way, World Politics 1945-2000 is an invaluable and authoritative guide through the complexities of contemporary international politics, through the Cold War and post-Cold War world order.
– The immediate aftermath of the disintegration of the Soviet empire in Europe and the Soviet Union itself
– The convulsive collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo
– The Gulf War against Iraq and its various sequels
– The Maastricht Treaty for the furthering of the European Union
– The tensions in China between economic liberalisation and the stringencies of communism in the shadow of Deng Xiaoping’s prolonged rule
– Mixed fortunes in Africa, from optimism in South Africa, Ghana and even Angola to grimness or worse in Nigeria, Somalia, Rwanda and Liberia
– Thin times for the UN, the expiring GATT and internationalism in general
– Over 30 excellent maps
– Numerous assessments of key figures including Deng, Khomeini, Thatcher and Mitterrand
– A completely new and fascinating introduction, surveying the major themes of the period
***INCLUDES NOTES ON CYPRUS***