Cold War

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


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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
korean war summary

Korean War Summary: 1st Military Act of the Cold War

This Korean War summary 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. Korean War summary — An offshoot of Cold War politics Toward the end of...
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