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The Cold War

A Beginner's Guide

How the modern world was shaped by super power rivalry through deception and propaganda

This guide exposes the reality behind the war between capitalism and communism, two ideologies divided by the Iron Curtain. New revelations show that what was once regarded as simply a struggle between good and evil was in fact a far more complex affair. Merrilyn Thomas peels back the layers of deception and intrigue and offers a penetrating assessment of the legacy of instability that continues today.

Merrilyn Thomas is a Research Fellow at University College London and author of 'Communing with the Enemy: Covert Operations, Christianity and Cold War Politics in Britain and the GDR' (2005).

"This splendid book presents a sensitively observed introduction to one of the great themes of contemporary history. Its achievement is not simply to establish a clear and uncluttered survey of the Cold War as it unfolded across every continent for half a century, but to show just why it continues to matter fundamentally in the world that we know today."

– Andrew Chandler - Director of the George Bell Institute and Reader in Modern History at the Universi

"As passion and prejudice continue to blight Cold War histories, Merrilyn Thomas's judicious and balanced account is a refreshing and welcome contribution. The critical insights and thoughtful analysis will prove valuable to scholars, [and] all readers can enjoy and learn from Thomas's unravelling of a complex era."

– Dianne Kirby - Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Ulster

"Shows … that the ColdWar was not only about Germany and did not happen only in the 1950s, but that it covered the whole of the globe, with a legacy that is still being felt today."

– Armin Gr

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