New Insights into the Cold War
By RICHARD SCHENCK
We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History
By John Lewis Gaddis (Clarendon Press, Oxford. 1997.
425 pages. $14.99 paper.)
The United States was building an empire as well. But our domestic experience made it natural to try to do so by consensus, compromise, and consultation, resulting in an empire in Western Europe by invitation. In the long run, democratic market capitalism proved superior to deterministic, command socialism. The former released positive forces making its alliance viable; the latter suppressed them. [FULL TEXT]