Cold War

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


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...
The Red Scare: Real Threat or Scapegoat?

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: America’s Cold War Strategy

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: 1st Military Act of the Cold War

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...
When Did China Become Communist?

When Did China Become Communist?

The following article on when did China become communist 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 1949, Acheson and...
What Does NATO Do?

What Does NATO Do?

The following article on what NATO does 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. What does NATO do? This is a common question for those...
The Marshall Plan: Preventing Europe From Collapse

The Marshall Plan: Preventing Europe From Collapse

The following article on the Marshall Plan 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. On April 5, 1947, Walter Lippmann, the most influential...
The Truman Doctrine: Freedom Precedes Order

The Truman Doctrine: Freedom Precedes Order

The following article on the Truman 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. The combination of one of the worst winters in...
Dr. Strangelove’s Real-Life Air Force General: Curtis LeMay

Dr. Strangelove’s Real-Life Air Force General: Curtis LeMay

The following article is an excerpt from Warren Kozak’s Curtis LeMay: Strategist and Tactician. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Curtis LeMay, the Air Force General and father of the modern Strategic Air Command—who turned it...
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