Table of contents for The superpowers : a short history / Paul Dukes.


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1. Inheritance: nations and empires, before 1898                           1
Geography and history (before 1492) 2
Early modern colonisation (1492-1776)  7
Democratic revolution (1776-1815)  11
'Two great nations' (1815-56)  15
Two great empires (1856-98) 21

2. Conception: the First World War and revolution, 1898-1921          30
Imperial showdown (1898-1914) 30
The First World War and proletarian revolution (1914-21)  35
Imperialism: the highest stage of capitalism?  40
The spread of liberalism 44
Challenges to liberalism  51

3. Gestation: new world orders and the Second World War, 1921-45     57
New world orders (1921-33)  57
New showdown (1933-9) 63
The Second World War (1939-45) 67
Capitalism and socialism in one country 72 
From universal revolution to new realism  77



4.   Youth: ColdWar and decolonisation, 1945-68                           85
From Big Three to Super Two (1945) 85 
From Berlin and Hiroshima (1945-)  90
To Czechoslovakia andVietnam (-1968)  95
The dollar versus the ruble  102
The war of words  107

5. Maturity: Cold War and the Third World, 1968-91                        116
The 'Revolution 'of 1968 116
Vietnam and detente (-1979)  120
Afghanistan and collapse (-1991)  125
Overstretch and breakdown  130
The war of images 135

6. The legacy: death or rebirth? 1991-                                 143
The end of the Cold War?  143
World process or civilisations?  149
The end of the millennium  154
From the past: summary  160
Towards thefuture: conclusion  166





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: United States History, Russia History, Soviet Union History, United States Foreign relations, Russia Foreign relations, Soviet Union Foreign relations, Imperialism History, Cold War