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Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and the Making of the Modern World, 1945–1965

Michael Burleigh.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9780670025459
Pages/Publication Date 587/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61657
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Here the Samuel Johnson Prize–winning author of The Third Reich presents a sweeping history of the Cold War's many "hot" wars in the 20 years following the end of World War II. As once-great Western colonial empires collapsed, counterinsurgency campaigns raged in places like the Philippines, the Congo, Algeria, Kenya, and Iran, while in the same period the United States faced the Soviet Union and China more directly in struggles over Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba. Michael Burleigh chronicles this formative era, looking in on top-level diplomatic negotiations and offering portraits of the charismatic leaders who inspired rebellion.

"Burleigh is hard-hitting in his take on the consequences of the vacuum left behind in the wake of departing colonial powers, especially in his depiction of the Viet Minh's decisive victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu and Britain's botched handling of the Suez Crisis. Slyly humorous and wonderfully detailed, Burleigh's vivid narrative does justice to the lesser-known struggles of a complex era."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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