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Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War, written by Gregg A. Brazinsky

Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War, written by Gregg A. Brazinsky (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017). 448 pp. $39.95 (cloth).In recent years, historians almost have deconstructed completely the conventional wisdom that the Cold War was primarily an East–West conflict under the domination of the two superpowers. Instead, scholars now reframe the Cold War as a global contest whereby multiple players promoted different models of economic development and ways of life in competition to win hearts and minds. Accordingly, the Third World has emerged as the central, rather than the peripheral, battleground of the Cold War. Brazinsky’s new book, Winning the Third World, is an important contribution to this historiographic shift.Focusing on the Cold War Sino-American rivalry in the Third World, Brazinsky demonstrates that this competition was an important priority for both Washington and Beijing, and that it played a pivotal role in shaping the Cold War’s evolution. The most important driving force behind this struggle was not strategic gains but status. As Brazinsky puts it, “Sino-American rivalry in the Third World was, in essence, a competition over status” (p. 4). While recognizing status as a slippery concept that perhaps one can best understand as a state’s relative standing within a hierarchy, Brazinsky argues that Beijing’s overall Cold http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War, written by Gregg A. Brazinsky

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 25 (1): 3 – Mar 15, 2018

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017). 448 pp. $39.95 (cloth).In recent years, historians almost have deconstructed completely the conventional wisdom that the Cold War was primarily an East–West conflict under the domination of the two superpowers. Instead, scholars now reframe the Cold War as a global contest whereby multiple players promoted different models of economic development and ways of life in competition to win hearts and minds. Accordingly, the Third World has emerged as the central, rather than the peripheral, battleground of the Cold War. Brazinsky’s new book, Winning the Third World, is an important contribution to this historiographic shift.Focusing on the Cold War Sino-American rivalry in the Third World, Brazinsky demonstrates that this competition was an important priority for both Washington and Beijing, and that it played a pivotal role in shaping the Cold War’s evolution. The most important driving force behind this struggle was not strategic gains but status. As Brazinsky puts it, “Sino-American rivalry in the Third World was, in essence, a competition over status” (p. 4). While recognizing status as a slippery concept that perhaps one can best understand as a state’s relative standing within a hierarchy, Brazinsky argues that Beijing’s overall Cold

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Published: Mar 15, 2018

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