The devastating US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki not only brought World War II to an end, but effectively gave birth to the Cold War. The postwar world would thereafter be marked by the fragile relationship of two superpowers with opposing ideologies: the United States and the Soviet Union.
For 45 years, these two superpowers would vie for supremacy in world politics. The Cold War, defined by events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, turmoil in the Third World, and the arms race, held the potential for an apocalyptic confrontation that could have spelled doom for the human race. Understanding the Cold War, with all of its far-reaching, global implications, is absolutely essential to our understanding of the history of the second half of the 20th century and beyond.
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Concise, informative and thought provoking
This is an excellent summary of a key period of modern history which presents in clear and concise terms the tensions between the USA and the USSR as well as the complex dynamics of the modern world that hung from this central global tension
Professor Painter's inferences are logically drawn and persuasively presented. The course runs smoothly through history and the weight given to individual episodes and incidents seemed appropriate
The characters are presidents and Soviet general secretaries. For a person of my age I have some recollection of most of them but their slants and biases were clearly revealed
Try not to be an a**hole when you have a technological advantage over the other guy