Cold War

Articles on the origins of the Cold War and its most important moments. Features timelines and information sheets.

Articles on the origins of the Cold War and its most important moments. Features timelines and information sheets.

Forced Repatriation Soviet Citizens

Operation Keelhaul: The Forced Repatriation Soviet Citizens

Operation Keelhaul was a forced repatriation of Soviet Citizens, carried out in Northern Italy by British and American forces between August 14, 1946, and May 9, 1947. Forced Repatriation of Soviet Citizens Among the most egregious and shameful examples of placating Stalin was Operation Keelhaul. As part of the Yalta…

Marshall Plan Cold War

Marshall Plan in the Cold War

The Marshall Plan in the Cold War was a strategy to turn former WW2 enemies into allies by rebuilding their shattered economies. One of the enduring myths of early Cold War history involves the so-called Marshall Plan laid out by Secretary of State George Marshall in 1947. With Western Europe…

Soviet Union Economy Collapse

Soviet Espionage in America

With the Soviet Union economic collapse and the opening of part of the Soviet archives to Western scholars, it was inevitable that our knowledge of Soviet espionage in America would grow deeper and more precise. In 1995, the Venona Project files were declassified and made available to the general public.…

Stalin Show Trials Summary

Joseph Stalin’ Show Trials: A Short Summary

Joseph Stalin's show trials were common during his political repressions, such as the Moscow Trials of the Great Purge period (1937–38). The Soviet authorities staged the actual trials meticulously. The trials were held against Stalin's political enemies, such as the Trotskyists and those involved with the Right Opposition of the…

Anti-Religious Campaign In the Soviet Union

The Anti-Religious Campaign In the Soviet Union

The anti-religious campaign In the Soviet Union was a campaign of anti-religious persecution against churches and religious faithful by the Soviet government following the initial anti-religious campaign during the Russian Civil War. From 1917 to 1991 the Communist Party destroyed synagogues, churches, and mosques, killing between 12 and 20 million.…

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The Cold War: Causes, Major Events, and How it Ended

The Cold War was a geopolitical chess match between the United States, the Soviet Union, and both parties' allies in which the major power players sought to project their respective ideologies across the globe in the wake of colonialism's collapse following World War Two. The period occurred between 1947, the…


The Cold War Home Front: McCarthyism

McCarthyism: Introduction Shortly after WWII a phenomenon known as McCarthyism began to emerge in American politics.  McCarthyism was the practice of investigating and accusing persons in positions of power or influence of disloyalty, subversion (working secretly to undermine or overthrow the government), or treason. Reckless accusations that the government was…

eisenhower presidency summary

Eisenhower Presidency Summary

The following Eisenhower presidency summary is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.    Eisenhower Presidency Summary Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, in 1890 and was brought up in Abilene, Kansas.…

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Fall of the Soviet Union: The Cold War Ends

The following article on the fall of the Soviet Union is an excerpt from Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding's book A Brief History of the Cold War It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The fall of the Soviet Union was a decades-in-the-making outcome of Cold War politics, but it happened quite suddenly…

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