The Ups and Downs of the Cold War

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Although no war between the superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union was ever declared, the leaders of the West and East faced off against each other in what is known as the Cold War. Even though there were attempts to discuss being peaceful together during the 46 years of "war", these two nations fought overt and covert battles to increase their power across the globe. From the beginning to the end, the Cold War brought much fear and tension to the entire world. The Cold War is described as "the arms race between Germany and its neighbors as ‘a kind of "cold war" where there is no shooting but bleeding’" (Williamson).

For my Cold War project, I made a chutes and ladders board game to represents the ups and downs of the war. I used 14 events: when the U.S. drops the atomic bomb, the Iron curtain, the Berlin Airlift, when China falls to communism, the Domino effect, when Russia drops their atomic bomb, hysteria, the launching of Sputnik, Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall was built, the U.S. gets a man on the moon, the Berlin Wall falls, and the end of the Soviet Union, or the end of the Cold War. If the United States had a victory, the little person goes up the ladder, but if the Soviet Union won an event, the little person goes down the slide. There are eight slides, and six ladders, meaning that the Soviet Union overall had more wins, but the United States stole the victory in the end. The United States had a couple wins in the beginning, but the Soviet Union took control during the middle of the war, which means there are many slides in the middle of my project. But in the end, the United States takes it to the top, with a sparkly ladder to prove it.

Immediately in the 50s and 60s, there were many short term effects of the Cold War. Communism was looked at as the "evil" government and the United States feared that it would spread from country to country. Because of the increasing fear, many organizations and acts were...
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