Détente in the Historiography of the Cold War Cover Image

Az enyhülés meghatározása a hidegháború historiográfiájában
Détente in the Historiography of the Cold War

Author(s): Tamás Péter Baranyi
Subject(s): Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont Történettudományi Intézet

Summary/Abstract: There have been serious debates about the origins, systemic features, and interpretations of the Cold War that led to the establishment of a set of diverging schools. The term détente, though not less intriguing, have not yet resulted in such a divergence of opinion. This article aims at giving an overview of Cold War historiography at the systemic level into which different ideas, chronological boundaries, and interpretations of détente might be fit. As détente is an easing of tensions within the Cold War, a clear view of the former demands a sound understanding of the latter. This article argues for a three level approach to détente with three major distinctive features: the demand to restore order in Cold War societies; the return of nation-state logic to international relations; and the impact Chinese developments had on European politics, all of which are essential elements to détente.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 331-356
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Hungarian