A Brief History of the Cold War
In A Brief History of the Cold War, distinguished scholars Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal events of this protracted struggle and explain the strategies that eventually led to victory for freedom. They analyze the development and implementation of containment, détente, and finally President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The Cold War teaches important lessons about statecraft and America's indispensable role in the world.
dissolution of the Soviet Union, can be traced to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, led by Vladimir Lenin, and the birth of the first communist state, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which adhered to a revolutionary, expansionist ideology. THE COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”2 Thus wrote Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto, published in 1848, laying out the doctrine that the abolition of
including a tragic confrontation at Kent State University, where four students were killed by inexperienced members of the Ohio National Guard. On June 24, the Senate decisively repealed the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which had first authorized the use of U.S. force in Vietnam. It later passed the Cooper-Church Amendment prohibiting the use of American ground troops in Laos or Cambodia. Nixon tried to exploit the open differences between the Soviet Union and Communist China, reflected in
exchange, the Soviets and their satellites agreed to respect human rights within their borders. This did not seem to be a significant Soviet concession. The communist parties of the Soviet bloc were apparently in firm control—the brutal suppression of the 1968 Prague Spring was still fresh in people’s minds—and the West did not seem interested in allowing human rights to interfere with détente. But human rights advocates within the Soviet Union and Eastern and Central Europe used the Helsinki
reference to “local despotism” was not directed “specifically” at Ukraine, but critics justifiably charged that the president seemed to be trying to keep the Soviet Union intact.39 Just as dismaying to former republics of the USSR seeking independence from Moscow was Bush’s tepid reaction in early 1991 to the Soviet crackdown in the Baltic states. Soviet troops and tanks, backed by the “Black Berets” of the Ministry of Defense, seized control of Lithuanian television and press facilities in an
British writer and historian recounts the birth, life, and sudden death of the Soviet empire. The book provides a trove of original documents from the Kremlin and other communist archives. The Story of Henri Tod, William F. Buckley Jr. (1984). In the summer of 1961, CIA operative Blackford Oakes is delegated by President John F. Kennedy to prevent Henri Tod, who heads a Germany-wide anti-communist underground, from stopping the building of the Berlin Wall. This is a first-rate spy thriller