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(S1.E8.) Chapter 25: The Cold War

The Cold War Following WWII. Greetings. This week's episode focuses on the Cold War time period between the end of World War II and the late 1980s. It was a dramatic time of confrontation between the United States and the other democracies and the Soviet Union, Chinca, and other communists societies. Click on the following link to download the episode Download file If you have already subscribed to the Then and Now Podcast, it will be automatically downloaded to your computer through the iTunes software.

In the Grip of the Cold War: The Breakdown of the Yalta System. As World War II drew to a close, another and potentially more devastating conflict began. A struggle for supremacy ignited between the world's two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The struggle began in Europe, splitting the continent into two armed camps. Their ideological split soon spread around the world, however, and pulled both nations into local conflicts. This Cold War struggle dominated both nations' foreign policy and sucked them into regional conflicts such as Korea and Vietnam. A prolific nuclear arms race also ensued. By the 1980s China added a third side to the conflict, and the U.S. and China developed diplomatic relations. The Soviets and Americans continued to compete for world influence through economics, but the threat of military conflict slipped away.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
Letters from Khrushchev to John F. Kennedy concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis, visit http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/x2jfk.html
To see and read about the Vietnam War, visit http://thewall-usa.com/
To see a complete history of the Korean War, visit http://www.koreanwar.org/

This week's episode also features music selctions by two students enrolled int he history course. Robert selected Take Control and What You Want by Audio Spaghetti. Inna selectied Medication and Imagenery Friend from Anthony Hugh. Both artists are available through the podsafemusicnetwork.

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