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Title
The meaning of hostile bipolarization: interpreting the origins of the Cold War
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Abstract
The origins of the Cold War have been the subject of numerous debates among international historians. On different occasions, historians have looked at International Relations Theory for insights and concepts to help understanding why and how the Cold War originated. While the postrevisionist paradigm was inspired by realism, for the last decade and a half, running parallel with broader theoretical developments in IR, large parts of the debate on the origins of the Cold War have focused on the role of ideas, ideology, and culture. However, the imported innovations had the effect of fragmenting our theoretical understanding of the origins of the Cold War, rather than offering a workable, coherent synthesis. Moreover, these accounts do not always sufficiently address problems of agency and causality. The debate on the origins of the ColdWar, therefore, is in need of coherent theoretical frameworks which are capable of remedying these problems. This article argues that a possible way of generating such a framework is taking a closer look at hermeneutics and constructivism
Language
English
Source (journal)
Cold War history. - London
Publication
London : 2009
ISSN
1468-2745 [print]
1743-7962 [online]
Volume/pages
9:3(2009), p. 301-319
ISI
000271757200001
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 07.11.2017
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