A Military History of the Cold War, 1962–1991
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
This volume opens a new perspective on three fraught decades of Cold War history, revealing how the realities of time, distance, resources, and military culture often constrained and diverted the inclinations or policies of world leaders. In addition to the Vietnam War and nuclear confrontations between the USSR and the United States, this period saw dozens of regional wars and insurgencies fought throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Cuba, Pakistan, Indonesia, Israel, Egypt, and South Africa pursued their own goals in ways that drew the superpowers into regional disputes. Even clashes ostensibly unrelated to the politics of East-West confrontation, such as the Nigerian-Biafran conflict, the Falklands/Malvinas War, and the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, involved armed forces, weapons, and tactics developed for the larger conflict and thus come under House’s scrutiny. His study also takes up nontraditional or specialized aspects of the period, including weapons of mass destruction, civil-military relations, civil defense, and control of domestic disorders.
The result is a single, integrated survey and analysis of a complex period in geopolitical history, which fills a significant gap in our knowledge of the organization, logistics, operations, and tactics involved in conflict throughout the Cold War.
“House’s scholarship is excellent. The volume offers measured appraisals drawing on up-to-date sources detailing the action from both sides. This is the work of an accomplished historian.”—Army Magazine
“In the final volume of a two-part effort, Jonathan House brings readers another excellent work on the military history of the Cold War. Released by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2013, the first examined the global conflict from 1944-1962 and left off with the Cuban Missile Crisis. This new volume analyzes the last three decades of the Cold War, from the “unstable stalemate at many levels” of the 1960s through to the Soviet Union’s final curtain call in 1991 and the end of the superpower competition. An international history of the Cold War and the “global antagonism between East and West,” House has carefully chosen a number of case studies – from regional conflicts and civil wars to superpower competition – that allow him to be as comprehensive as one can be with a topic this broad. Through a study of military policy, forces, and campaigns, the author provides important context for issues of strategy and diplomacy in an era of global change and political realignment. In the main, this book is an excellent follow-up to the author’s first study of the Cold War’s military history. Readers unfamiliar with the conflict’s operational and institutional aspects will find both volumes in tandem to be an ideal introduction to the subjects and the literature.”—U.S. Military History Review
“As a sequel to his Military History of the Cold War 1945–1962, military historian Jonathan House (US Army Command and General Staff College) has written "an operational-level account of military forces and conflicts [to help] explain the larger developments of the period …, [including] the relationship of policy and military force" (x). His new volume ranges from the United Nations' intervention into the Congo in 1960 to the war between Angola and South Africa to El Salvador, as well as the standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. In short, it functions as an overview of wars and conflicts during the last thirty years of the Cold War era.”— Michigan War Studies Review