The Cold War: A History in Documents / Edition 2

The Cold War: A History in Documents / Edition 2

by Allan M. Winkler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199765995

ISBN-13: 9780199765997

Pub. Date: 07/15/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The cold war--the bitter standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union--lasted for over 50 years and polarized the world. The conflict had its roots in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of 1917--disagreements that intensified in the wake of World War II. Allan M. Winkler excerpts speeches by Soviet Premier Joseph…  See more details below

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The cold war--the bitter standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union--lasted for over 50 years and polarized the world. The conflict had its roots in political and ideological disagreements dating back to the Russian Revolution of 1917--disagreements that intensified in the wake of World War II. Allan M. Winkler excerpts speeches by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to demonstrate the growing abyss between the two political systems. President Harry S. Truman's announcement of the existence of a Soviet atomic bomb and his speech to Congress launching the Truman Doctrine testify to the gravity of the situation. The cold war was not always "cold"--armed conflicts were narrowly avoided in the Cuban missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs, and war did erupt in Korea and Vietnam. The complex politics of the Vietnam War are represented by voices as divergent as Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh, President Lyndon B. Johnson, antiwar protesters, and a participant in the My Lai massacre.

Cold war paranoia permeated American society. The investigations of writer Ring Lardner, Jr., and government official Alger Hiss by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, along with speeches by Senator Joe McCarthy, lay bare the political repression at home generated by the perceived communist threat. Excerpts from Arthur Miller's play The Crucible and the film script of High Noon capture the mood of uncertainty and fear. A picture essay entitled "The Atom Unleashed" collects photographs and cartoons to explore one of the most controversial discoveries of the 20th century. Agreements made in the SALT treaties show the cold war finally coming to an end. In his 1992 State of the Union address, President Bush declared, "By the grace of God, America won the cold war."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199765997
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
Pages from History Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,289,436
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

What Is a Document?
How to Read a Document

Introduction
Note on Sources and Interpretation

Chapter 1: Early Antagonism
Origin of the Atomic Bomb Tensions and Strategies The Truman Doctrine The Marshall Plan A Soviet Bomb The China White Paper NSC-68
War in Korea

Chapter 2: The Anticommunist Crusade
Hollywood and HUAC Chambers vs. Hiss The Rosenbergs on Trial Senator Joe McCarthy Cultural Responses Army vs. McCarthy

Chapter 3: To the Brink
Eisenhower's Inaugural Address Liberation of Captive Peoples The Domino Theory Unstable Peace Kennedy's Inaugural Address Bay of Pigs Standing Up to the Soviets The Cuban Missile Crisis

Chapter 4: Picture Essay
The Atom Unleashed

Chapter 5: Catastrophe in Vietnam
French Colonial Rule War in Indochina The Geneva Conference Nation Building in Vietnam Horrors of War Antiwar Movement Vietnamization Reunification

Chapter 6: An End at Last
The Nuclear Test Ban Treat of 1963
SALT Treaties Reagan's Nuclear Strategy An End to the Cold War

Timeline Further Reading Websites Text Credits Picture Credits Index

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