Category Archives: Neutral Events

Red Scare/Purge

Red Scare/Purge 1945–1989 Sparked by fears that the “enemy is among us,” the “red scare” hit its apex with Senator Joseph McCarthy, and the hearings on “Un-American activities” in the House of Representatives during the 1950s. Soviet purges were a … Continue reading

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Regions: Africa

Africa Scoring African history throughout the Cold War reflects the promise and tragedy that go hand in hand with that continent’s experience. At first buoyed by the political success of rapid decolonization, the jubilation would devolve into cynicism. One after … Continue reading

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Indo-Pakistani War

Indo-Pakistani War 1947–48, 1965, 1971 From the time of India’s independence from Britain, the Muslim and Hindu elements of this former colony have been in conflict. Pakistan has traditionally been on the losing end of these conflicts, but has relied … Continue reading

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Olympic Games

Olympic Games 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 Sport often served as an outlet for the intense competition between the Superpowers, and that competition was never so intense as at the Olympics. The Olympics served … Continue reading

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Captured Nazi Scientist

Captured Nazi Scientist 1945–1973 Code named “Project Paperclip” in the United States, the victors of World War II scrambled to “recruit” former Nazi scientists into their own research establishments. In the West, such efforts involved shielding scientists from war crime … Continue reading

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Regions: Middle East

Middle East In 1946, Truman had to threaten to send warships to the Mediterranean to compel the Soviets to remove troops from Iran. Thus began the Cold War struggle in the Middle East. Since this region provided Western economies with … Continue reading

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Regions: Asia

Asia Scoring While Europe may have been the object of the Cold War, Asia was the battleground. From the Chinese Civil War, to the Korean War to Vietnam and Afghanistan, Asia was the place where the Cold War came closest … Continue reading

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Regions: Europe

Europe Scoring Some Cold War historians view the entire struggle, costing millions of lives, untold trillions of dollars, and conflict around the globe, as a struggle for the future of Germany. While that view may be too myopic, it is … Continue reading

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