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The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1953. We waited for them to come ashore. We could see their faces. They looked like ordinary people. We had imagined something different. Well, they were Americans! - Liubova Kozinchenka , Red Army, 58 th Guards Division. The Origins of the Cold War.

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The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1953


We waited for them to come ashore. We could see their faces. They looked like ordinary people. We had imagined something different. Well, they were Americans!

-LiubovaKozinchenka, Red Army, 58th Guards Division

The Origins of the Cold War

I guess we didn’t know what to expect from the Russians, but when you look at them and examine them you couldn’t tell whether, you know? If you put an American uniform on them, they would have been American!

-Al Arson, U.S. Army, 69th Infantry Division


“Both of the ideologies…were meant to offer hope…One of them, however, had come to depend, for its functioning, upon the creation of fear. The other had no need to do so. Therein lay the basic ideological asymmetry of the Cold War.”

-John Lewis Gaddis


The Two Powers


The Roots of Containment

George F. Kennan


The Truman Doctrine


The Marshall Plan


The Berlin Blockade and NATO


The Growing Communist Challenge

Mao Zedong


The Cold War Turns Hot: Korea, 1950-1953


Cold War Critics

George Kennan

Walter Lippmann


Imperialism and Decolonization


The Cultural Cold War


Cold War Propaganda


Cold War Propaganda


Cold War Propaganda


The Anti-Communist Crusade

Alger Hiss

Mickey Spillane


Loyalty vs. Disloyalty

The Hollywood Ten

J. Edgar Hoover: FBI


McCarthy and McCarthyism

Edward R. Murrow

Joseph R. McCarthy


Atmosphere of Fear


The Uses of Anti-Communism

Francis Cardinal Spellman: The American Pope

Billy Graham


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