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By Professor David S. Painter

The devastating US atomic bombing of the japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki not just introduced international struggle II to an finish, yet successfully gave beginning to the chilly warfare. The postwar international might thereafter be marked by way of the delicate courting of 2 superpowers with opposing ideologies: the USA and the Soviet Union.

For forty-five years, those superpowers may vie for supremacy in global politics. The chilly warfare, outlined by way of occasions comparable to the Cuban Missile problem, turmoil within the 3rd global, and the hands race, held the possibility of an apocalyptic war of words which may have spelled doom for the human race. realizing the chilly conflict, with all of its far-reaching, worldwide implications, is really necessary to our figuring out of the heritage of the second one half the 20th century and beyond.

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Why did Nixon and Kissinger believe that a new strategy was required to battle communism? 2. Why was it difficult for the United States to normalize relations with China? Suggested Reading Painter, David S. The Cold War: An International History. New York: Routledge, 1999. Other Books of Interest Burr, William, ed. The Kissinger Transcripts: The Top-Secret Talks in Beijing and Moscow. New York, The New Press, 1998. LECTURE NINE McMahon, Robert J. The Limits of Empire: The United States and Southeast Asia since World War II.

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