Cold War

by Shihang

Striking ideas:

  • Stalin’s belief in capitalist conflict
  • The legitimisation of capitalism to save it from itself
  • Clausewitzian total war and its avoidance
  • Krushchev denounces Stalin
  • Kantian morality vs. legitimisation –> ethics of détente
  • Weakness as an advantage –> blackmail using containment
  • Détente and Kissinger’s grand strategy (balancing China and Soviets)
  • Individual non-superpower actors –> John Paul II, Solidarity
  • Gorby’s fatigue

Rereading when in the army! (and possibly a more detailed account)