Conceptions of the Cold War
As your readings point out, one of the biggest issues that citizens and politicians confronted during the 1960s was the Cold War, which might be defined as the geopolitical tensions, and proxy wars fought between the United States and the Soviet Union. Indeed, for anyone who grew up during the 1950s, 60s, or 70s, the Cold War was a household topic everyone seemed to understand.
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The purpose of this assignment is to analyze how people understand the Cold War today. For example, what do everyday people today think of when they hear the term “Cold War”? This is what you are going to find out!
In this assignment, you will do brief interviews with three people, asking them about their conceptions of the Cold War. Your interviewees can be anyone of your choosing: family members, friends, and so on. Below are questions that you may want to ask:
What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the term Cold War?
Did you ever study the Cold War in school? If so, what are some aspects of the Cold War that you remember?
Who were the parties involved in the Cold War?
Can you name any key events that we mainly associate with the Cold War?
1. misunderstandings, fear, bad tensions 2. no since I graduated high school in 1970 I only remember communism was a big topic. 3. America, the British, and Russia 4. I just remember the fall of the east berlin wall.
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Khrushchev & Castro
Cuban missile Crisis
Bomb drills in school
Iran hostage crisis
Reagan & Gorbachev
2. Except for the era right after WWII the Cold War was current events. History class didn't get that far ahead. While I was still at home, my family always watched the news at dinner time. I have always tried to keep up with the news. The world was in a constant state of flux. When I was a freshman in high school 1962-63, we took geography and the Cold War definitely changed the alignment of countries...Germany, Vietnam, Korea were split.
I was 13 years old during the Cuban Missile Crisis and it was the scariest time in my life. I'll never forget watching Kennedy's speech on TV. Dad was even talking about putting in a bomb shelter.
I remember the Vietnam war and the fall to the Communists. I knew guys who died over there and I remember being against the war.
I remember Nixon's visit to communist China then of course the Iran hostage crisis when we were tying yellow ribbons around trees for them to come home.
Then it was such a relief when Gorbachev and Reagan got together and the Berlin Wall came down. My cousins grandparents were in East Germany and unable to visit them.
The week before the fall of the Soviet Union, my brother was there for a visit. We were concerned about him getting home safely.
3. US, Soviet Union, and China were main participants.
Also had Great Britain, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Eastern Block countries
4. Cuban Missile Crisis, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iran hostage crisis, nuclear test treaties, fall of Berlin Wall
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Communist, danger of war, politician bluster
Not much mention in school; I remember the Korean War and Vietnam. Some of my friends were killed in the Vietnam War, I was in the Navy in 1961 during the Cuban Missile Crisis working as a military photographer in the White House, I remember the stress in the White House and I remember Kennedy’s speech. During the crisis I was on one of the surveillance flights over Cuba and I remember being shot at. I also remember when the report came out on the news about the Gulf of Tonkin and the notification that came in over the radio at the White House that night. My friend was working the Radio room that night and he said it never happened.
Soviet Union and United States
Cuban Missile Crisis, fall of Berlin Wall
Write up your findings in a brief essay, which addresses the following:
Using quotes from your interviews, describe how each of your three respondents understand the Cold War.
Explain to what extent their definition/understanding of the Cold War differs from the definition above (see the bold typeface in the Overview section above).
If your respondents’ understanding of the Cold War is different from the way the Cold War is defined in this course, explain why that might be the case. (Also, if their definition of the Cold War is very similar, explain this as well!)
Your essay should be 2-3 pages in length (500–700 words)
#12 font –Times New Roman
1” margins on all sides
APA in text citations and references
A minimum of one (1) outside scholarly source
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