‘A Very Internecine Policy’: Anglo-Russian Cold Wars before the Cold War

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Whether or not each epoch is equal to God, as Leopold von Ranke once suggested, certainly each new generation of historians creates a new version of the past, one that suits its needs or tastes or that, at any rate, suggests itself as a plausible reconstruction of past occurrences. This is also relevant for the study of the post-1945 East-West conflict. The Cold War is generally seen as the key organising principle of the second half of the short twentieth century. So ingrained, indeed, is this view in the intellectual habits of today’s political leaders and commentators — and not a few scholars, too — that they tend to cast back wistful glances at the ‘familiar certainties of the Cold War and its alliances.’
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritain in Global Politics Volume 1
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Gladstone to Churchill
EditorsChristopher Baxter, Michael L. Dockrill, Keith Hamilton
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-36782-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-349-34774-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameSecurity, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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