A Brief History of the Cold War

The chilly conflict used to be a very important clash in American historical past. At stake used to be no matter if the realm will be ruled by way of the forces of totalitarianism led through the Soviet Union, or encouraged by way of the rules of financial and political freedom embodied within the usa. The chilly struggle tested the USA because the chief of the loose global and an international superpower. It formed U.S. army approach, fiscal coverage, and family politics for almost 50 years.

In A short heritage of the chilly War, unique students Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal occasions of this protracted fight and clarify the recommendations that at last resulted in victory for freedom. They learn the improvement and implementation of containment, détente, and eventually President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The chilly battle teaches very important classes approximately statecraft and America's necessary position within the world.

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