Research Topics

A New Kind of War

Was it perhaps inevitable that a Cold War emerged in the years immediately following Word War II?

Much of the history of the years immediately following the Second World War can be explained by a new kind of war. And so, following the conferences at Yalta and Potsdam, as well as the end of WWII, the United States and the Soviet Union squared off as ideology and nuclear weapons defined the moment, a moment known as the Cold War. Although there have been moments when tensions between East and West have been near breaking point -- Hungary (1956), the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) or Czechoslovakia (1968) -- the Cold War never really turned hot.