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New Left Review I/182, July-August 1990

Edward Thompson

The Ends of Cold War

While I sympathize with Fred Halliday’s intentions in his article on ‘The Ends of Cold War’, [1] nlr 180, March–April 1990 I must disagree sharply both with its method and execution. No doubt he has been trapped by the pressure to make instant commentary (his lecture on the events of October to December 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe was delivered on 5 March 1990, and presumably written in February), and others (including myself) who were persuaded to commit ourselves too hastily to print may be criticized with equal force. But let us look at the difficulties and also at the silences and theoretical refusals of Halliday’s text.

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