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Introduction: The Past

Geir Lundestad

in International Relations Since the End of the Cold War

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199666430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666430.003.0001
Introduction: The Past

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The period analyzed in the book and in the introduction is from the end of the Cold War in 1990 until the present. The period is divided into two parts of equal length, before and after September 11, 2001. The chapter discusses what the two periods should be called. No entirely satisfactory terms are found, in part since we are in the middle of processes not yet completed. The post-Cold War world and the age of terrorism are good candidates for the names of the two periods. The introduction presents the various contributions in the book based on the four main sections of the book: the international level, the Cold War legacy, the role of nuclear weapons, and old and new superpowers.

Keywords: new world order; the United States; China; post-Cold War world; terrorism; globalization; democratic enlargement

Chapter.  7191 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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