Conceptions of the Cold War

Conceptions of the Cold War

Conceptions of the Cold War
James Brinkley

The Cold War was a bloodless battle fought on the political front for over 40 years. It was not declared over until 1991, with the fall of communism and the USSR. During this war, there were no lives lost but billions of dollars spent by both countries playing a worldwide chess game with nuclear warheads. For the research on this topic, I conducted interviews and got personal opinions on matters related to the cold war. The people interviewed were two military personnel and a female homemaker. I wanted to get varied opinions on this topic to determine how well they grasped the topic.
The first topic discussed was “what comes to your mind when you think of the term Cold War.”   Unanimously, all three responded with similar answers. They described the cold war as a war between Russia and the United States of America to determine who would have advantage during a nuclear war. I found this interesting as the term was originally coined in the 14th century by Don Juan Manuel describing the conflict between Christianity and Islam. The modern terminology is synonymous with the battle less conflict between the USSR and the United States of America. Also found in my research that the Cold War was not only about nuclear supremacy, but about being the number one super power in the world on all fronts. Tied in to Cold War Politics is also the “Space Race” where both parties raced to have supremacy in space as well as on the earth.
The second topic that was discussed was who were the parties involved in the Cold War. Again unanimously, the answers were the communist party and the United States of America. Who the parties to the Cold War conflict were can be difficult to decide. It can be described as a conflict between democracy and totalitarianism, between imperialism and socialism, between NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations, or between the leaders of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Kriesberg focuses on the American and Soviet...

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