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  • Print publication year: 2010
  • Online publication date: September 2010

Bibliographical essay


The bibliographical essays in the three volumes of the Cambridge History of the Cold War aim at being selective and critical overviews of the literature available in each subfield of historical investigation. The entries are written by the authors of the chapters in the main text, with additions, deletions, and cross-references suggested by the editors. Readers may want to look at the bibliographical entries in more than one volume to get an overview of the literature on a particular issue or region.

Grand strategies in the Cold War

The best edition of Thucydides is Robert B. Strassler (ed.), The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War, revised edition of the Richard Crawley translation (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996). For modern accounts, see Donald Kagan, The Peloponnesian War (New York: Viking, 2003), and Victor Davis Hanson, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and the Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War (New York: Random House, 2005). Louis J. Halle, in his The Cold War as History (New York: Harper & Row, 1967), was one of the first Cold War historians to draw on ancient analogies, including Thucydides.

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