Stretching from the end of World War II to 1989, the Cold War
between the Western powers and the Communist bloc shaped
national alliances around the world.
In 15 chapters, the Almanac
treats the historic causes of the tension; the mutual suspicions
that fueled the conflict for more than 40 years; the ideological clash
between communism and democracy;
and the policies that marked the long
standoff -- the Marshall Plan,Truman's
Point Four program, the nuclear arms
race, economic aid, the Berlin Wall,
détente; and much more. Also covered
are the times when the Cold
War burst into armed conflict in
such areas as Korea, Cuba and
approximately 50 intriguing
stories of the lives and actions of
Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Joseph
Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and many others, both famous and less well-known.
Giving first-hand views of various aspects of the Cold War,
Primary Sources provides key complete and excerpted
documents of the war, such as Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech and correspondence between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Included in the Reference Library are 300 black-and-white illustrations with approximately 10 maps; chronology;
sidebars; words to know; research and activity ideas; further
reading; subject index; and more.
For table of contents, sample pages or other volume specific information see the entry for the Almanac, Biographies or Primary Sources.
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