Cold War

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


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: The Cold War Ends

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: A Return to One Germany

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: Freedom Floods Eastern Europe

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: Peace Through Strength

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 (SDI)

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...

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Iran-Contra Affair: Pragmatic Cold War Politics

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...
Reagan Doctrine — A Proactive Anti-USSR Policy

Reagan Doctrine — A Proactive Anti-USSR Policy

The following article on the Reagan Doctrine 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. Ronald Reagan would permanently change the global...
Cold War Timeline

Cold War Timeline

The following Cold War timeline 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.   1917 OCTOBER Led by Vladimir Lenin, the Communist...
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