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- Publisher: Hourly History (November 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N77XCBI
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Cold War: A History From Beginning to End Kindle Edition
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… For who grew up tall and proud In the shadow of the Mushroom Cloud…" The phrase 'mutually assured destruction' was a part of everyday language.
Quite a few people associate the middle to late 60s with the cold war, but it truly encompasses the majority of the second half of the 20th century. Historically, it would seem that the Cold War started at the end of WWII, but its roots go back a lot farther. Similarly, the Cold War is sometimes deemed to have ended with the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. Again, it is more complex than that.
Since embarking on this path to become more familiar with history, I have now read a handful of the short works from Hourly History and have found each to be enlightening on one point or another. These books seem to be designed for the average reader, not the serious historian. However, if you are curious about a particular time, person or event in history all of these books may serve as a jumping off point for further research.
Though some may not recognize the importance, I do believe that the removal of Prayer in schools in the early 1960's did not help America's position on the world stage. So the battle you speak of within the US I believe was affected by this event. The US I believe is and always should be, a beacon to the world. While we may have our flaws, and certainly a lot of them, I don't recall hearing of people trying to break into these other nations for a "better life." Of the 1st generation Cubans I have met and known over the years, none regretted fleeing to the United States of America.
The author also correctly points out that both entities in the Cold War interfered in third world countries by aiding whichever competing group therein was approved of by the Soviets or the US. Quite correct. Each side may have been judged to have acted incorrectly, in retrospect. But an impression that the author's disapproval of the U.S. actions is pervasive can be gained by noticing that the construction of offensive missile installations in Cuba was obtained by the U.S. "spying on its neighbor." As though that was a reprehensible thing to have done. Tit for tat spying is a recognized activity employed by all parties that are involved in contentious affairs, such as the Cold War, and is not considered immoral by anyone who takes realistic views of the situations.
In general, I believe that this book could have been better served by more deeply, and evenly, examining the backgrounds for the mistrust generated in both Russia and Western Europe/the US.
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it tells of how very close we came to an atomic war. some could say we are on a repeat pathway, mainly the Russian landgrab recently
Concise and well written. Worth a read.
A única ressalva que faço ao exposto no livro é quando ele analisa o papel da mulher no pós-guerra criticando o que chama de família tradicional, automaticamente dando guarida a teorias feministas:
"... If you were different, you might be a Communist. Thus, the phenomenon known as “Domestic Containment” emerged in the years after World War II. Just like the American government had a responsibility to contain Communism elsewhere in the world, all private citizens had a responsibility to contain Communism in their own lives, at home and in their communities. As previously presented, this led Americans to accuse each other of Communism and created a “witch hunt” atmosphere. However, it also permeated home life and placed tremendous pressure on women especially."
Mas isto é apenas um detalhe e cada um ao ler considera ou não este tipo de comentário, portanto, recomendo o livro como uma boa introdução à definição da Guerra Fria.
The book starts with what cold war was and who were the parties of it. The concept of eastern and western block along with the persecution of communists in U.S.A. is captured poignantly. It also draws a picture of pre-cold era world when the two world wars were going on and how WWI & WWII created a path for cold war. Interestingly the book tells effects of great depression in 1930s and how it acted as a precursor to Cold war. The author predominantly focuses on speaking about the rivalry between two great powers U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.
The distrusts between two great powers and how that rivalry divided the entire world causing revolutions, military conflict and uprising is an interesting section of this book. Role of Un American Activities Committee (HUAC) to stop spreading communism in America is also a new fact for many. The book is divided into multiple chapters, each chapter talks about cold war in every decade, starting from 1950. Apart from USA & USSR, the book also shed light into other countries, as parties to cold war, including Iraq, Korea, Vietnam, & Iran.
How cold war shaped the culture in America is also talked. The lifestyle of America including the concept of a perfect family and culture of conformity are also discussed in an apt manner. Rise of Fidel Castro and how he became an ally to U.S.S.R. makes it an interesting read. Cuban missile crisis along with rise of civil rights movement along with the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is also an interesting part in this book.
Cold war in 1970s was mainly focused on the entry of china in the world stage & Richard Nixon’s visit to china. This is the time when cold war got escalated in other parts of the world.
U.S.S.R.’s advancement in Afghanistan was mainly the highlight point of 1980. But the primary event during this era was fall of Berlin wall and breaking up of U.S.S.R. and finally the end of cold war. The book also talks about the legacy of cold war in today’s time.