Cold War

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


Russian-Afghan War: A Soviet Quagmire

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: The Blueprint for Cold War Militarization

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 — A Pragmatic Cold War Strategy

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...
Cold War Detente — US/Soviet Enmity Cools

Cold War Detente — US/Soviet Enmity Cools

The following article on the Cold War Detente 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. By the time of the Nixon presidency, the nature of...
Salt 2 (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)

Salt 2 (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)

The following article on the Salt 2 Treaty 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 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) were two...
Carter Foreign Policy of the 1970s

Carter Foreign Policy of the 1970s

The following article on the Jimmy Carter 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 Carter Foreign Policy has been...
Leonid Brezhnev — Pushing For Cold War Victory

Leonid Brezhnev — Pushing For Cold War Victory

The following article on Leonid Brezhnev 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 October 1964, Leonid Brezhnev, the ultimate...

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Kennedy and Khruschev: The Cold War Showdown

Kennedy and Khruschev: The Cold War Showdown

The following article on Kennedy and Khruschev 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 most contentious moments of the Cold War—the...
De-stalinization: Dismantling a Cult of Personality

De-stalinization: Dismantling a Cult of Personality

The following article on de-Stalinization 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. Nikita Khrushchev’s dramatic “de-Stalinization” speech...
Hungarian Revolution of 1956—A Summary

Hungarian Revolution of 1956—A Summary

The following article on the Hungarian Revolution 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. Eisenhower was president at a time, said...
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