Winning the Third World

Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War

By Gregg A. Brazinsky

448 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 8 halftones, notes, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3170-7
    Published: April 2017
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3171-4
    Published: February 2017

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Winning the Third World examines afresh the intense and enduring rivalry between the United States and China during the Cold War. Gregg A. Brazinsky shows how both nations fought vigorously to establish their influence in newly independent African and Asian countries. By playing a leadership role in Asia and Africa, China hoped to regain its status in world affairs, but Americans feared that China’s history as a nonwhite, anticolonial nation would make it an even more dangerous threat in the postcolonial world than the Soviet Union. Drawing on a broad array of new archival materials from China and the United States, Brazinsky demonstrates that disrupting China’s efforts to elevate its stature became an important motive behind Washington’s use of both hard and soft power in the “Global South.”

Presenting a detailed narrative of the diplomatic, economic, and cultural competition between Beijing and Washington, Brazinsky offers an important new window for understanding the impact of the Cold War on the Third World. With China’s growing involvement in Asia and Africa in the twenty-first century, this impressive new work of international history has an undeniable relevance to contemporary world affairs and policy making.

About the Author

Gregg A. Brazinsky is associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University.
For more information about Gregg A. Brazinsky, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

“Brazinsky has written a fresh and, indeed, pioneering book on the hot subject of Sino-American relations in the Cold War by concentrating on the previously little-explored area of the two countries’ competition in the Third World. This is first-rate scholarship.”--Chen Jian, Cornell University

“By exploring China’s foreign policy toward the Afro-Asian world during the Cold War, Brazinsky has moved the literature on Sino-American relations in a new direction. Scholars have noted the Maoist emphasis on the “intermediate zone,” but few have taken it seriously by studying how it influenced Chinese policy.”--Lorenz Lüthi, McGill University

Winning the Third World is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Cold War, American foreign policy, and China’s foreign relations. Brazinsky’s painstaking research, incisive analysis, and fluid narrative reveals the highly consequential Sino-American struggle for prestige and influence in the developing world during the first half of the Cold War.”--Thomas J. Christensen, author of The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

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