19) The Cold War

The Berlin Wall

A picture of the Berlin Wall from 1986. Only a few years later it would be torn down. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

As one of the major effects of the 2nd World War, this chapter focuses on the two superpowers that emerge from the war and how they deal with their differences. We of course cover the intrigue in Germany and how everyone dealt with the Berlin Wall, but we also cover the worldwide struggle that ensued between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. for power. This worldwide attempt to gain supporters would cause a number of wars that should rightly be seen in terms of the Cold War, including the Korean and Vietnam wars for the United States, but also covers a number of other issues that are less known to the general public. We still to this day see the Cold War involvement of countries in the Middle East and Africa haunt us, especially the tensions between the United States and Russia with regards to Syria. All of these issues stem from the Cold War, and knowing about it can give students a more clear picture of how all of this started. 

This chapter is one that I am still in the process of developing from the content I have in other formats. Until I am able to make this a Web-based content structure (like that of Ch. 11) I have provided a link below to my class notes. This is only accessible to students in my course, but this will change soon.

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