Volume 1 - The Origins of the Cold War
Volume 2 - The Cold War as a System
Volume 3 - The End of the Cold War
Volume 4 - The Cold War Legacy
Volume 1 deals less with the minutiae and more with the various 'big debates' that have organized the discussion about the origins of the Cold War. These include who started the cold war (the responsibility question), whether or not the Cold War was a product of a clash of state interests (the realist view), a "security dilemma" or a by-product of ideas. Significantly, while there is a huge literature on the origins of the Cold War, the level of conceptualization about it has been relatively thin.
Volume 2 looks at the system more generally. Some important issues addressed in this volumes include the meaning of bipolarity, the notion of deterrence, the idea of a great power peace and its various (contested) causes, whether or not there was more than one Cold War, and the impact of the Cold War on International Relations as a discipline itself.
Volume 3 deals in turn with the various theories as to why the Cold War came to an end, why the experts did not predict it, whether or not that really matters, and the longer impact of the end of the Cold War upon IR as a field.
Volume 4 concludes with an examination of the ways in which the end of the Cold War has continued to shape world politics since 1991. The final section takes the reader right up to the 'war on terror' and the discussion around the existence or nature of a 'post-Cold War order'.
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