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All in the Family

The Dulleses, the Bundys, and the End of the Establishment

Author: Joseph S. Nye Jr., Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
July/August 2014
Foreign Affairs


Who caused the Cold War? In War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy downplayed the role of human agency in shaping events, writing that "a king is history's slave," and ever since Thucydides chronicled the Peloponnesian War, historians have recognized how the international system constrains choices in a bipolar world. But just because world-historical forces made some type of cold war highly likely does not mean that one was inevitable.

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