The Cold War (1945-1991)
The United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) emerged as the two strongest powers in international affairs. Ideologically opposed, they challenged one another in a series of confrontations known as the Cold War. The costs of this prolonged contest weakened the U.S.S.R. so that it collapsed due to internal upheavals as well as American pressure. The Cold War had social and political implications in the United States. (Ohio's Learning Standards: Social Studies)
The Vietnam War
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Professor Chester Pach, Ohio University
Chester Pach specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations and recent U.S. history. His research has focused on U.S. involvement in the Cold War and the Vietnam War as well as the Eisenhower, Johnson, and Reagan presidencies. He has a particular interest in television coverage of international issues and the intersections between politics, popular culture, and international history. His most recent publications include Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century (University Press of Florida, 2010).
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