Armed Truce (Magill's Literary Annual 1988)
In Armed Truce: The Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945-46, Hugh Thomas explores the men, the political forces, and the events which led to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union after the defeat of the Axis powers, Germany and Japan, in 1945. He focuses on the twelve months between the death of American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Iran. This period marked the collapse of cooperation among the Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain, whose collaboration against Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had given hope for postwar harmony. Thomas recounts the end of the war, the Potsdam Conference, the establishment of new governments in liberated Europe, and the organization of the United Nations among the many events, large and small, which shaped the new political order of the globe. Armed Truce is the first volume of a projected series tracing the history of the Cold War.
Thomas is a well-regarded British historian best known for three books about Western democratic nations’ clash with revolutionary ideologies: The Spanish Civil War (1961), Suez (1967), and Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom, 1762-1969 (1971). In addition, he is the author of the controversial A History of the World (1979). His historical work has been highly praised for its literary style and its unorthodox, nonnarrative structure. Thomas is commended as a historian who does...
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