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  • Print publication year: 2010
  • Online publication date: September 2010

1 - The Cold War and the international history of the twentieth century

Understanding the place of the Cold War within the overall history of the twentieth century is much about understanding global processes of change. This chapter attempts to position the Cold War in the history of the twentieth century along some of its main axes: political and economic history, the history of science and technology, and intellectual and cultural history. The term 'Cold War' was first used by the British writer George Orwell to deplore the worldview, beliefs, and social structure of both the Soviet Union and the United States, and the undeclared state of war that would come to exist between them after the end of World War II. The growth of science and of technological know how throughout the twentieth century shaped much of the format for the Cold War. The Cold War was a clash of ideas and cultures as much as a military and strategic conflict.
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