Incompatible Universalisms

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Beginning of the Cold War

Authored by: Mario Del Pero

The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415677011
eBook ISBN: 9781315882284
Adobe ISBN: 9781134700653


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At the end of World War II vast parts of Europe, Russia, and Asia lay in ruins. Between 60 and 70 million people, a majority of them civilians, had lost their lives in the worst carnage in human history. Millions of displaced people wandered around Europe. For the first and only time in history, nuclear weapons had been used in a war and against civilians. “No other conflict in recorded history,” wrote historian Tony Judt, “killed so many people in so short a time.” 1

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