Odd Arne Westad

Odd Arne Westad

Odd Arne Westad is a scholar of modern international and global history, with a specialization in the history of eastern Asia since the 18th century. He has published on the Cold War, China-Russia relations, and the history of the Chinese civil war and the Chinese Communist Party and edited several books on Sino-Soviet and Cold War history. His main focus now is the history of empire and imperialism, first and foremost in Asia, but also world-wide. He is currently based at Yale.

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The best books on The Cold War, recommended by Archie Brown

American military and economic superiority cannot explain why the Cold War came to an end in the late 1980s and early 1990s. According to the historian Archie Brown, you need to accept the primacy of politics and human agency both in the USSR and the West. He chooses five books to understand the Cold War and offers some broader reflections on the qualities of good political leadership—then and now.

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