Out of the Shadow
George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
Presidential Studies - American History
6 x 9, 192 pp.
17 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 10/08/2008
Foreign Relations and the Presidency
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Out of the Shadow

George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

By Christopher Maynard

As America watched the fall of the Berlin Wall with great enthusiasm, President George H. W. Bush called the incident simply “a good development.” He knew that the Cold War was far from over and that bringing it to an end would require not only symbolic gestures but also practical diplomacy.

During Bush’s presidency (1989–93), the Berlin Wall fell, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, Germany was reunified, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Yet, many people believe the Cold War ended under Reagan and that Bush’s foreign policy achievements were merely an extension of Reagan’s policies.

In this in-depth look at the Bush administration’s handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush’s contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War.

Out of the Shadow incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources. Its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War.

CHRISTOPHER MAYNARD is associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University and lives in Florence, Alabama.

What Readers Are Saying:

“An insightful and thought-provoking account of a crucial yet underappreciated chapter in recent world history. Winding down the Cold War looked simple, but appearances deceived. Christopher Maynard pulls back the veil to show how it happened.”--H. W. Brands, Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

"Author Christopher Maynard taps a variety of important, previously unused sources to analyze President George H. W. Bush's handling f the end of the Cold War." -McCormick Messenger

"Draws on previously untapped sources in a study of the administration's response to the dissolution of the East Bloc." -Chronicle Review


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