The Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies, the Western Bloc and the Eastern Bloc, which began following World War II. Historians do not fully agree on its starting and ending points, but the period is generally considered to span the 1947 Truman Doctrine (12 March 1947) to the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union (26 December 1991). The term cold war is used because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two superpowers, but they each supported major regional conflicts known as proxy wars. The conflict was based on the ideological and geopolitical struggle for global influence by these two superpowers, following their temporary alliance and victory against Nazi Germany in 1945. Aside from the nuclear arsenal development and conventional military deployment, the struggle for dominance was expressed via indirect means such as psychological warfare, propaganda campaigns, espionage, far-reaching embargoes, rivalry at sports events, and technological competitions such as the Space Race. Cold War from Wikipedia
The purpose of this guide is to provide you, the researcher, with the ability to do research on the subject ara of the Cold War. You will have the ability to search the library catalog and access our databases and journals all from within this course guide. This guide also provides you with a list of Cold War Primary Websites, along with other information regarding library services and departments that may prove useful to you while doing your research.
Lawrence Mello, M.A. M.L.S.
Librarian Liaison to FAU History Department.