Book Chapter

Interpreting the Cold War

Michael Wesley

Power and International Relations: Essays in Honour of Coral Bell | ANU Press | Published : 2015


Coral Bell watched the Cold War take shape from one of ten offices in a building known as West Block, where Australia’s Department of External Affairs was accommodated during the 1940s and early 1950s. There is an old saying that even the greatest diplomats never lose the desk officer’s eye and fascination for the telling detail that hints at the big strategic picture; in all of Coral’s writings on the Cold War one can feel her attentive mind pouring over papers, opinion and quotes, the strategist-as-detective amassing the fine detail and the telling bon mots into a masterful narrative. That Coral’s first professional engagement with international affairs was as a practitioner had a lasting ..

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