Cold War

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


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...
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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
nixon doctrine

Nixon Doctrine — A Pragmatic Cold War Strategy

The following article on the Nixon Doctrine 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. Despite his Quaker roots, Nixon had a reputation as a...
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