The Middle East and the Cold War

  title={The Middle East and the Cold War},
  author={Nathan J. Citino},
  journal={Cold War History},
  pages={441 - 456}
  • Nathan J. Citino
  • Published 8 April 2019
  • History, Political Science
  • Cold War History
From its early concern with the origins of the superpower conflict, Cold War historiography has expanded. Spatially, it has shifted from a focus on the division of postwar Europe to an examination of anti-colonial struggles in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Temporally, scholars have not only utilised newly available documents to write about the years of détente and the late Cold War, but they have also traced the conflict’s beginnings back in time prior to 1945. Odd Arne Westad called on… 
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  • Nathan J. Citino
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