The Cold War is one of the theme texts in the Cambridge Perspectives in History series. The Cold War was an economic, ideological and political confrontation. There was no single cause, no single driving force and no single factor that brought it to an end. In this incisive and thought-provoking book, Mike Sewell examines the complex historiography surrounding the Cold War as well as the events and issues themselves. The result is a telling account of the fifty-year war that shaped our world. Topics include: the origins of the Cold War, the globalisation of the War culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis, the period of Detente which followed, and the end of the Cold War in the 1980s. The book is illustrated and includes a selection of primary sources.