Cold War

Cold War

The Cold War was an era of hostility between the United States (and our democratic allies) and the Soviet Union (and their communist allies) that began after World War II. During the fifties and sixties, the threat of nuclear attack loomed large, much the way the fear of another terrorist attack concerns us today.

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Cold War Museum4 stars

Best clicks at the virtual Cold War Museum are the Trivia Game ("Who was the founder of the Soviet Communist Party and leader of the Bolshevik Revolution?") and the decade-by-decade timeline that runs from the '40's to the '90's. Other clicks reveal a variety of quirky collections, such as Cold War patches, posters from " various exhibits and conferences that were hosted by the Central Intelligence Agency, " and "nineteen posters depicting Soviet Military hardware of the 1980's."

CONELRAD5 stars

During the early Cold War years, CONELRAD was a national Emergency Broadcasting System. Today, "CONELRAD is a site devoted to atomic culture past and present but without all the distracting and pedantic polemics." If I hadn't lived through it, I'd probably think this kitsch collection of Cold War pop culture too bizarre to be true. But, as a child of the fifties, I can vouch for its authenticity. Here's just a few of the many gems awaiting your discovery: Bert the Turtle's Duck and Cover civil defense movie (in a variety of video formats), Kix Atomic "Bomb" ring promotion (only 15 and a cereal box top), and a 24/7 Internet radio broadcast of Cold War era "atomic" hits.

HistoryWiz: Cold War3 stars

For middle and high-school students, HistoryWiz is a nice combination of onsite features and related offsite links. Start with the M.A.D. The Cold War Multimedia Exhibit (a terrific introductory slide show) and then explore the related features and resources in the right-hand column. Use the link collections to learn more about individual Cold War events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis or the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Cold War Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

CBC: Cold War Culture

Cold War International History Project

Harvard Project on Cold War Studies

Trapped in the Cold War


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Feldman, Barbara. "Cold War." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 10 Nov. 2004. Web. 27 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/coldwar/ >.


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