The War Of The Cold War Essay

1384 Words May 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
The Cold War; the biggest conflict between two world powers the world had ever seen. This conflict took hold of the world for nearly half of the 20th century, and it took place between two of the most powerful and influential nations the world had ever seen, the United States of America and The Soviet Union. The Cold War had many poignant moments starting with the blockade of West Berlin by the Soviets in 1948. With tensions rising between the two powers the Soviets detonate their first atomic bomb in 1949 adding a dangerous addition to the war. For the next 10 years the world sees crises such as the Korean War, the Suez crisis, and the building of the Berlin wall. While many of these had American influence the next major conflict, the Cuban missile crisis, truly hit home to many Americans. The years to come saw a massive arms race between the two sides, each trying to out gun the other. The United states boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games and even started the “Star Wars” missile defense system. These conflicts and this war affected the entire world, not just the politicians and military generals. While Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev were in nuclear negotiations, there were men, like my grandfather Mike O’Regan, who had to work and put food on the table, and young women, like my mother Karen O’Regan, who had to go to school. There were times of hope, and times of fear. One thing is completely certain, Different generations of American citizens had different experiences…

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