A Social Examination On The Cold War

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Brittany O’Neill May Paper Elaine Tyler takes a social examination on the war against communism in the book, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. May portrays the idea that the nuclear family structure was a way to amplify resistance against communism. The exterior threat of communism during the postwar and the Cold War era caused for interrelationships within marriages to become a longer and more stable environment. Compared to the previous book we read as a class, May takes a deeper look into history and finds geopolitical reasoning for the events of the postwar age. The interpersonal that May connects to the Cold War era allows for the reader to gain a broader concept of how society affected change. First within each book read this semester, each author takes a unique view on the Cold War. In John Gaddis’s The Cold War: A New History, Gaddis takes a series of books on the Cold War, condenses them and is able to give a fresh synopsis of the Cold War. His topics are broad and give a clear overview of the Cold War. He looks upon the leaders of the Cold War, including Joseph Stalin, Ronald Reagan, Nikita Khrushchev and others to find reasoning on the outcome of the Cold War. His story looks at the foreign policies of each country and dissects reasoning for the events that occurred during the time. In comparison to John Gaddis, May’s book has more social and domestic view on the Cold War. Gaining statistics and knowledge of the individuals that lived
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