Conceptions of the Cold War

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An Interdisciplinary Approach

Professor Daniel Burrello

By: Janet Lewis
Unit 2 Assignment
Due: May 28, 2013


What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the term Cold War? "The term Cold War can be defined as the period of political impasse which existed between our country (U.S.A.) and U.S.S.R. from the early 1950's until the fall of Communism in the early 1980's. Words and phrases associated with Cold War include, "race to arms", "race to space", "Bay of Pigs, and "The Berlin Wall"." Did you ever study the Cold War in school? If so, what are some aspects of the Cold War that you remember?

"Having been born in 1952, I lived during the Cold War but never really studied its impact in school. I recall the war of words and verbal sparring between our President JFK and Nikita Khrushchev Premier of the U.S.S.R. At one session of the United Nations in New York, Khrushchev removed one of the shoes and banged it on the table to attract attention and try to get his point across. Although the verbal attacks were intense, they never really escalated into armed conflict. We were distrustful about Russia's armament capabilities and they feared the potential of the U.S.A.'s capability. That explains why there was a standoff." Who were the parties involved in the Cold War?

U.S.A. and its allies on one side, U.S.S.R., Cuba and to some extent, Communist China, on the other side. Can you name any key events that we mainly associate with the Cold War? "The most infamous event was the Bay of Pigs when U.S.S.R. was caught by U.S. Intelligence shipping missiles to Cuba. The U.S. Navy set up a blockade to prevent delivery of the missiles which at approximately 90 miles from Florida posed a serious threat to our security." LAWRENCE R. JACKSON

What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the term Cold War? "Nuclear arms race"
Did you ever study the Cold War in...
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