Cold War: A Brief History

For more than forty years, the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union directly threatened each other with nuclear weapons. This period of time is referred to as The Cold War. This section explores the major events of this period including; the development of the hydrogen bomb, the nuclear arms race, détente, nuclear proliferation and the nuclear world after the end of the Cold War.

Contents

Part I: The Beginnings of the Cold War
The Cold War Begins
The Cold War emerges between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Part V: Hope & Fear
Arms Control Efforts
The superpowers seek to control the nuclear arms race and nuclear testing.
Part II: Under the Thermonuclear Shadow
Under the Thermonuclear Shadow
The superpowers race to develop the more powerful hydrogen bomb.
Part VI: Nuclear Dangers
Nuclear Power Accidents and SDI
The nuclear arms race resumes, and the world learns the dangers of nuclear power.
Part III: The Nuclear Club Grows
UK, France and China become nuclear powers
Britain, France and China develop nuclear-weapons and join the "Nuclear Club".
Part VII: The End of the Cold War
The fall of Berlin Wall siginals the end of the Cold War
The fall of Berlin Wall signals the end of the Cold War, but soon new nuclear dangers emerge.
Part IV: At the Brink
Cuban Missile Crisis
For 13 days, the superpowers stand at the nuclear brink during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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