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The end of the Cold War has renewed interest in Cold War historiography, leading to an explosion of academic literature in this field. A "new Cold War history" seems to be emerging, promising to offer a more international and less "orthodox" perspective, tapping on multi-archival sources. A spate of new works on the crucial and formative period of the Cold War (1945-52) has appeared, on the one hand, shedding a new light on the emergence of the postwar American empire and its foreign relations, and on the other hand, re-examining the role of the Soviet Union and its allies in the origins of the Cold War. This paper provides a general overview of this new trend in Cold War historiography, arguing that several dimensions of the Cold War are still present in the post-Cold War world, and that they could be understood by rethinking the Cold War and the American empire.



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