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.


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 staunch anticommunist. Campaigning for the presidency in the fall of 1968,…

cold war detente

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 the Cold War had changed. Applying its interpretation of peaceful…

salt 2

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 rounds of bilateral conferences and corresponding international treaties between the United States…

Carter Foreign Policy

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 summarized by some analysts as good intentions gone wrong. Carter thought that…

Leonid Brezhnev

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 apparatchik, replaced the unpredictable Nikita Khrushchev as the general secretary of the Communist Party…

Kennedy and Khruschev

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 Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin…

De-stalinization 

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 in February 1956 was a watershed moment in the Cold War. After a succession crisis following Stalin’s…

hungarian revolution

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 Congressman Walter Judd, when the world was “filled with confusion,” when a third of…

red scare

The Red Scare: Real Threat or Scapegoat?

The following article on the Red Scare 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 general terms, a "Red Scare" is the promotion of fear of a potential rise of communism. It was pronounced in…

policy of containment

Policy of Containment: America’s Cold War Strategy

The following article on the Cold War policy of containment 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. Shortly after Stalin’s death in March 1953, Eisenhower gave a speech notably titled “The Chance for Peace,” in…

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