Conceptions of the Cold War Essay

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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
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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."
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