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10 Causes of the Cold War This short essay is taken from the appendix of "Atomic Cafe: A Year by Year History of the Cold War." If you are interested in the Cold War, please consider buying the full book.
Very good reading
Shot but concise well worth erasing to gain an interest .
Good for students
I am a student studying the cold war at A-level and this is a great book just to give you a brief idea of what your getting in to. I was told before I started my second year that I should do some reading and I only wish I had found this before. It only takes 10 mins to read if that and it's great just for a brief outline, it will help you to understand what is going on in class!
James K. Wheaton When the last Soviet troops finally withdrew from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989, the soldiers rejoiced. The last ten years had been nothing more than a dangerous exercise in abject futility, which had long been the bane of foreign armed forces invading the rugged, difficult terrain of Afghanistan in order to attempt to subjugate the warlike peoples therein.
Though the Soviet soldiers grinned, their leaders frowned. The Soviet-Afghan War was as bloody a nose as the USSR had ever experienced, mirroring the US failure in Vietnam twenty years earlier.
This is a short history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
James K. Wheaton The Korean War is known to many as the ‘forgotten war’. Resulting from a ‘tug-o-war’ between major world powers and the division of one country, the war would be a haunting legacy that would continue to plague Koreans and the United Nations for generations.
Despite an armistice, that legacy would create a tragic path that continues, even to this day, to keep two nations on the brink of war, where peace, it seems, is more about continued sparring than ending the heart-wrenching and sometimes inhumane existences of so many millions of suffering peoples.
With a history of varied offensives, battles, sieges, raids and operations, some of which were successful and others which did nothing to aid the situation, the road that led Koreans and others to war must be understood in order to plan a peaceful future that both North and South Koreans can one day enjoy.
What follows is a short history of the war, the key figures, and the battles and politics involved.
James K. Wheaton The world remembers the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis as a very close brush with nuclear war between the Cold War's two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The reality is that the crisis was the result of a culmination of actions taken by the U.S. to strengthen its military might in the world, to a degree that left the Soviets fast falling far behind. Cuba was a pawn that was played to exact leveraged balance over the U.S.
This book provides a very brief introduction to the conflict.
James K. Wheaton As the world closed the chapter on World War II, in 1946 Winston Churchill delivered his speech "Sinews of Peace" speech, in which he coined the phrase "Iron Curtain" to describe the territories controlled by the Soviet Union in eastern Europe. While some historians trace the beginning of the Cold War to this speech or the years after, it is clear that tensions between the Soviet Union and the West were rising.
This book is a history of the Cold War from 1945 to 1991. It looks at the causes of the crosses, as well as the major conflicts, the U.S. / Russian Space Programs, and what ultimately led to it's symbolic end.
James K. Wheaton The simplest definition of the Magna Carta is that it was a charter, originally signed between King John of England and his barons that granted those barons certain liberties and political rights. Yet the document is so much more than just that. The Magna Carta (a Latin phrase which translates in English to “Great Charter”) came to be seen as one of the most important documents in all of Western civilization.
Its significance, both its actual and practical implications as well as it’s perceived and imagined ones, influenced the common man’s struggle against monarchial rule. It had a tremendous influence on the set-up of the legal system of England, and, as the empire of England expanded, became the basis for many governments in the Western Hemisphere. The Magna Carta was the foundation for many of the democracies that would be born over the years--especially those that trace their origins to the English Crown.
This short book traces its roots, influence, and development. The original Magna Carta is also included in this book.
James K. Wheaton James Bond may be fictional, but the Ian Fleming’s classic stories sometimes had a lot in common with real life incidences of espionage. This book is a brief history of one of the most fascinating periods of in intelligence gathering: The Cold War. It was a period of greed, betrayal, politics, and revenge--and it's all covered in the pages that follow.
The book begins by looking at one of the most notorious spying rings to ever operate: The Cambridge Five; it continues with a short examination of the Russian security agency: Active Measures; from there it will look at the U2 spy plane incident; next the book looks into the history of code breaking and the VENONA Project; lastly, book will look at espionage in the contemporary world and the Cold War's influence on it. An appendix of famous spies is also included in the book.
James K. Wheaton “Oh the humanity.” The simple but indelible words of Herbert Morrison captured one of the greatest tragedies to occur over American soil. The fiery crash of the Hindenburg was a media sensation (one of the first disasters to be captured on film) whose images and radio report remain buoyant all these years later.
The pinnacle of air travel, the Hindenburg disaster brought with it an end to the era of giant balloon airships (though, as we will see, the industry was in its twilight). The Hindenburg crash also became one of America’s great mysteries of the 20th Century.
Theories abounded as to why the tragedy occurred, and questions about the fire and its source remain unanswered to this day. The Hindenburg disaster was a horrible loss, capable still of capturing our attention and imagination.
James K. Wheaton The First Transcontinental Railroad, originally called the Pacific Railroad, was a railroad built in the United States between 1863 and 1869 that connected the western part of America with its eastern part. Built by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad, it connected the Eastern terminus of Council Bluffs, Iowa/Omaha, Nebraska with the railroad lines of the Pacific Ocean at Oakland, California. In time, it would link in with the existing railway network present on the Eastern Coast of America, thus connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coast of the United States for the first time by rail. Because of this, the line received a second nickname, “the Overland Route.”
The railroad was a government operation, authorized by Congress during the height of the Civil War. Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Acts in 1862 and again in 1864. To pay for it, the US government issued 30 year bonds, as well as granting government land to contractors. The construction of the line was a major achievement by both the Union Pacific (constructing westward from Iowa) and the Central Pacific (constructing eastward from California). The line was officially opened on May 10, 1869, with the Last Spike driven through the railway at Promontory Summit, Utah.
James K. Wheaton looks at the history in this eBook.
James K. Wheaton The Peloponnesian War was a war between the two great powers of Greece, Athens and Sparta. Fought in the 5th century BC, the war itself was, in fact, a compilation of several wars, fought over tens of years, and included cities of the Athenian empire battling the Peloponnesian Confederacy (which included, amongst other city-states, Thebes, Corinth, and Sparta).
Its initial causes (including an infraction on trade) were not its root causes, as the war was an attempt by Sparta to curb the expansion of the budding Athenian empire. It pitted the world’s first democracy against a great aristocracy, a great naval power against a great army. The details of the war come down to us from one of the world’s first, and great, historians: Thucydides.
The war reshaped Greece, humbling one empire while giving strength to another. Its ultimate victor, or rather the country that profited the most from the war, was an enemy to both of its combatants. It gave birth to the concept of total war, of large scale conflict, and brought with it the end of Greece’s Golden Age.
In this book, James K. Wheaton looks into the causes and effect of the Peloponnesian War.
James K. Wheaton At the end of World War II, English author and journalist George Orwell wrote the article, “You and the Atomic Bomb” published October 19, 1945, in the British newspaper Tribune. Contemplating a world living in the shadow of the threat of nuclear war, he warned of a “peace that is no peace”, which he called a permanent “cold war.” If Orwell only knew how true his words would become. This book looks at the history of the nuclear war and it's influence on the world.
James K. Wheaton As the dust from WWII settled on the smoldering rubble of Europe and the radioactive husk that was Imperial Japan, two countries crept from the debris with agendas more promising than a sky darkened by dropping bombs.
There are two sides to what followed. Both countries developed horrific nuclear missile systems, each necessary because of the other, that could reach across the world. The positive flipside to such pugnacious defense strategies was the mutual, but separate, drive for humankind's furthering; to find out what is all that, y'know; up there.
This is a brief introduction to the space race and what it meant for history.
James K. Wheaton The Battle of Zama was the decisive battle of the Second Punic War, a war fought between Rome and Carthage in the Third Century AD. The war itself pitted two fierce rivals who vied for supremacy in the Mediterranean.
A Roman victory on this day would do more then simply bring an end to a long war; it would completely destroy a fierce enemy and would be the first step on its path towards making Rome an empire.
For Carthage, nothing less then its own survival was at stake. Victory would expel a foreign force from its soil and could lead to renewed action against the Romans. A loss would almost certainly mean utter destruction for the once great city state.
James K. Wheaton takes takes you inside the epic battle to tell you about the leaders, the tactics, strategy involved.