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.


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 allies, West German chancellor Helmut Kohl suddenly announced a ten-point program calling for free elections…

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 for participating in human rights protests, but the protests continued. After…

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 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, became general secretary of the Communist Party of the…

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 aims of his foreign policy as “We win, and they lose.” In his…

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 year for Reagan and the course of the Cold War. In March, he told…

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 historians in their account of the Reagan years, had its origins in two quite different…

reagan doctrine

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 picture, which looked bleak when he took office in 1981. From martial law in Poland…

cold war timeline

The Origins of the 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 Revolution in Russia puts the Bolsheviks in power. 1922 NOVEMBER The Russian Civil War…

russian-afghan war

Russian-Afghan War: A Soviet Quagmire

The following article on the Russian-Afghan War 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. After a string of notable foreign policy successes by supporting communist uprisings in such places as Nicaragua , the Soviets…

NSC-68

NSC-68: The Blueprint for Cold War Militarization

The following article on NSC-68 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 prospect in 1950 of a united and expansionist communism, led by the Soviet Union and Communist China, led the Truman administration…

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