The Cold War

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the cold war

The Cold War: Causes, Major Events, and How it Ended

The Cold War was a geopolitical chess match between the United States, the Soviet Union, and both parties’ allies in which the major power players sought to project their respective ideologies across the globe in the wake of colonialism’s collapse...
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Fall of the Soviet Union: The Cold War Ends

The following article on the fall of the Soviet Union 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 fall of the Soviet Union was a...
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German Reunification: A Return to One Germany

The following article on German reunification 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 late November 1989, without consulting any...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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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