Conceptions of the Cold War

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EXPLORING THE 1960s:
An Interdisciplinary Approach

Professor Daniel Burrello

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

EDWARD C. RADZIK

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 school? If so, what are some aspects of the Cold War that you remember?

"Yes, I studied the Cold War in School. Having air raid drills, having fallout shelters in schools and seeing the barrels of food items stored."

Who were the parties involved in the Cold War?
"The United States and the Soviet Union."
Can you name any key events that we mainly associate with the Cold War? "The end of World War II when the United States and the Soviet Union were allies against Germany. After the war the Soviet Union wanted to expand its power and influence in Europe by destroying Germany and creating other Soviet states, the United States wanted to rebuild the country and turn it into a democracy. That's why until recently, there was an East and West Germany. Also, in the 1960's, the Soviet Union sent nuclear missiles to Cuba which is only 90 miles off the coast of Florida as a show of strength to intimidate President Kennedy.  

JAMES RUDDY
What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the term Cold War? "Cuba missile crisis, Berlin Wall, Ronald Reagan and Checkpoint Charley." Did you ever study the Cold War in school? If so, what are some aspects of the Cold War that you remember?

"Yes. Cuba missile crisis and air raid drill."
Who were the parties involved in the Cold War?
"U.S. and Soviet Union."
Can you name any key events that we mainly associate with the Cold War? "Cuba missile crisis, Reagan's speech in Berlin to tear down the Wall." In my interview with all three (3) interviewees, I noticed that each one mentioned United States (U.S.A.) Cuba, and the Soviet Union. All three had to be mentioned in order to speak about the Cold War.  

COLD WAR
When I researched the Cold War, I learned that the Berlin Wall stood for 28 years and was 28 miles long. It was put up on August 13, 1961 and was torn down on November 9, 1989. At first I thought the wall was a straight wall but I learned it actually circled around and everybody that was in Berlin at...
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