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The Cold War Essay

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I had never heard of the Cold War during my years in school, and I never heard anyone discussing this time period. Once I did the reading and gathered information for my own personal satisfaction, the assignment became a lot clearer.
I interviewed three people from different geographical areas and age groups. The first two respondents were husband and wife. The husband is sort of a history buff from Canada and his wife is from Florida. Both of them are in their forties, so neither one of them studied the Cold War in during school. What they did have to say, was interesting. They both described the Cold War as a “superiority battle between two countries trying to prove which one was the most powerful when dealing with technology and who could pose a bigger threat to the other”. They also stated that if they remembered correctly, the Cuban Missile Crisis played a part in the beginning of the war and the destruction of the Berlin Wall in Germany ended the war. It was clear to the both of them that these events took place between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The third person I interviewed was my dad. He is a military veteran who served during the 1960’s and 1970’s. He stated that the Cold War started as a result of “distrust between the United States and the Soviet Union. During his last years of school between 1962 and 1965, he only remembers being told about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He doesn’t recall hearing anything about the Cold War at that time. He said that the Cold War was primarily between the United States and the Soviet Union. My dad stated that during the Vietnam era, the Soviet Union was helping North Vietnam and the United States was helping South Vietnam. The same type of help was used when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979. He stated, “They fought each other without direct conflict”.
After concluding my three interviews and collecting my notes, I am confident that each of my respondents had some level of knowledge when discussing the Cold War. Each of them...

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