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Veronica Diaferio
SS310 Unit 2 Assignment

From the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Cold War dominated international affairs. It was a global struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. (Smithsonian Institution, 2000) Cold War: this term is used to describe the relationship between America and the Soviet Union 1945 to 1980. Neither side ever fought the other - the consequences would be too appalling - but they did ‘fight’ for their beliefs using client states who fought for their beliefs on their behalf e.g. South Vietnam was anticommunist and was supplied by America during the war while North Vietnam was pro-Communist and fought the south (and the Americans) using weapons from communist Russia or communist China. In Afghanistan, the Americans supplied the rebel Afghans after the Soviet Union invaded in 1979 while they never physically involved themselves thus avoiding a direct clash with the Soviet Union. (HLS, 2000)

It is evident that the Cold War had a huge impact on the world, including the world as we have come to know it today. I interviewed three different people regarding their perception of the Cold War. One being a military veteran – my grandfather -, one being a history major from UCLA – my sister – and one who doesn’t know much in regards to history at all – my fiancé. This is the information I received:

My grandfather:
1. What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the term Cold War? – Problems with the atomic weapons in Russia, USA, and China. 2. Did you ever study the Cold War in school? If so, what are some aspects of the Cold War that you remember? – I didn’t study the Cold War in high school because I had already graduated college and the Cold War took place when I was in the service. Atomic missals, Cuba, Russia, China. 3. Who were the parties involved in the Cold War? - Cuba, Russia, China and the USA. 4. Can you name any key events that we mainly...
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