The period between the end of WWII and 1991 is famously called “the Cold War”. What were some of the most
important events or trends during the Cold War? Do you think that’s a fitting name for this period of history?
Why did the Cold War end and what do you think are the most important characteristics of post-Cold War
Europe? Ultimately, given everything you’ve learned in History 1212, how would you define “Europe”?
Making Europe, Chs. 28, 29
Making Europe, Ch. 30
Cite the source both from the book ‘Making Europe’ and the video
“The Cold War”
The Cold War was a period of ideological and geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union (and their respective allies), the Western Bloc and the Eastern Bloc, after the World War II. The Cold War was becoming part of international relations by 1955. Some of the key events and trends at the time include the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, a relationship labeled as “special” for several decades now. The year 1955 also marked a high point in the Cold War. Several of the events that precipitated the change in U.S. relations with the Soviet Union from that of wartime ally to peacetime nemesis were part of the very recent past: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift, The Communist coups in Czechoslovakia and Romania, the Greek civil war, the Korean War, the East Berlin uprising and its suppression.