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Cold War

What was the Cold War?


BETWEEN 1946 AND 1991 the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies were locked in a long, tense conflict known as the Cold War. Though the parties were technically at peace, the period was characterized by an aggressive arms race, proxy wars, and ideological bids for world dominance.  
The term cold war had existed since the 1930s, when it was used to describe increasingly fraught relationships between European countries. In 1945, shortly after the United States used the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, writer George Orwell used the term in an essay that explored what the atom bomb meant for international relations. The bomb was such a threat that it would likely end large-scale wars, Orwell wrote, creating “a state which was at once unconquerable and in a permanent state of ‘cold war’ with its neighbours.”

 “Cold War” soon gained popularity due to famed journalist Walter Lippmann, who explored its meaning as the world quickly chose sides in an ideological fight between capitalism and communism.  Continue reading from National Geographic

Books about the Cold War


The Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union lasted for decades and resulted in anti-communist suspicions and international incidents that led the two superpowers to the brink of nuclear disaster. Continue reading from History

Link to Cold war : an illustrated history, 1945-1991 by Jeremy Isaacs in the catalog
Link to The Free World by Louis Menand in the catalog
Link to Checkmate in Berlin by Giles Milton in the catalog
Link to The Real History of the Cold War by Alan  Axelrod in the catalog
Link to Mercury Rising by Jeff Shesol in the catalog
Link to Fallout by Steve Sheinkin in the catalog
Link to Michael Beschloss On The Cold War by Michael Beschloss and Strobe Talbott in Hoopla
Link to Cold War Correspondent by Nathan Hale in the catalog
Link to The Cold War :  A  World History by Odd Arne Westad in the catalog
Link to Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre in the catalog
Link to Queen of Spies by Paddy Hayes in the catalog
Link to Germany's Cold War by William Glenn Gray in the catalog
Link to Underground Structures of the Cold War by Paul Ozorak in the catalog
Link to Checkpoint Charlie the Cold War by Iain MacGregor in the catalog
Link tp Turning Points In Ending The Cold War by Kiron K. Skinner in Hoopla
Link to Cold War Spy Stories From Eastern Europe in Hoopla
Link to The Cold War Spy Pocket Manual by Philip Parker in Hoopla
Link to Cold War Exiles And The CIA by Benjamin Tromly in Hoopla