Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022811000416
Title: The Cold War as a historical period: An interpretive essay
Authors: Duara, P. 
Keywords: Cold War
counter-Western hegemony
imperialism
militarization
nationalism
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Citation: Duara, P. (2011-11). The Cold War as a historical period: An interpretive essay. Journal of Global History 6 (3) : 457-480. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022811000416
Abstract: As a historical period, the Cold War may be seen as a rivalry between two nuclear superpowers that threatened global destruction. The rivalry took place within a common frame of reference, in which a new historical relationship between imperialism and nationalism worked in remarkably parallel ways across the superpower divide. The new imperial-national relationship between superpowers and the client states also accommodated developments such as decolonization, multiculturalism, and new ideologies, thus producing a hegemonic configuration characterizing the period. The models of development, structures of clientage, unprecedented militarization of societies, designs of imperial enlightenment, and even many gender and racial/cultural relationships followed similar tracks within, and often between, the two camps. Finally, counter-hegemonic forces emerged in regions of the non-Western world, namely China and some Islamic societies. Did this portend the beginning of the end of a long period of Western hegemony? © 2011 London School of Economics and Political Science.
Source Title: Journal of Global History
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/114205
ISSN: 17400228
DOI: 10.1017/S1740022811000416
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