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Introduction

  • John Dumbrell
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Part of the American History in Depth book series (AHD)

Abstract

In February 1987, Secretary of State George Shultz told an audience in Denver, Colorado, that ‘the great ideological struggle that has marked this century ever since the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 has essentially been decided1) Two years prior to the Eastern European revolutions of 1989, America’s foreign policy leadership was already proclaiming victory in the ‘great contest’ of the twentieth century: the struggle between liberal, democratic capitalism and Soviet state socialism. The denouement of the Cold War inevitably constitutes one of this book’s most prominent themes. Later chapters will examine various attempts to redefine the national purpose in the wake of the apparent victory described by Shultz.

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© John Dumbrell 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Dumbrell
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityUK

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