Questions About the Cold War: Responses and Conceptions

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Cold War Introduction Right after the Japanese surrendered to the Allies, and after Hitler's Nazi regime had been defeated, there was a struggle between the U.S. (and democratic allies of the U.S.) and the Soviet Union for power and influence in the post-WWII world. This struggle was called the Cold War, and it entailed many events and a great deal of tension between the forces of communism and those of democracy. American diplomat George Kennan explained that the Soviet Union was "…a political force committed fanatically to the belief that with the U.S. there can be no permanent Vivendi [agreement between parties that disagree]…" ( President Harry Truman said that it "…must be the policy of the United States…to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation…by outside pressures" ( This paper reports the responses and conceptions three different individuals to questions about the Cold War. Interview #1: Gina, neighbor, 44 years of age What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the term Cold War? "I remember in school reading about the Cuban missile crisis. The first thing I think of is reading about President Kennedy and deciding what to do when the Soviets were digging silos for missiles in Cuba." Gina said her teacher in social studies spent a lot of time discussing what options President Kennedy had after the American planes took photos of missile silos in Cuba. She said that according to her high school teacher "…we
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