Cold War

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


the cold war

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...
mccarthyism

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...
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...
fall of the soviet union

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...
german reunification

German Reunification: A Return to One Germany

The following article on German reunification 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. In late November 1989, without consulting any...
year of miracles

Year of Miracles: Freedom Floods Eastern Europe

The following article on the Year of Miracles 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. In February 1989, Václav Havel was jailed in Prague...
What is perestroika?

What is Perestroika?

The following article on perestroika 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. In March 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev, a protégé of the late...
reagan foreign policy

Reagan Foreign Policy: Peace Through Strength

The following article on the Reagan foreign policy 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 new conservative president summed up the...
Strategic Defensive Initiative

Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI)

The following article on the Strategic Defensive Initiative 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. Nineteen eighty-three was a critical...
Iran-Contra Affair

Iran-Contra Affair: Pragmatic Cold War Politics

The following article on the Iran-Contra Affair 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 Iran-Contra affair, often highlighted by...
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