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p. 1058. Early Cold War politics, 1945–74locked

p. 1058. Early Cold War politics, 1945–74locked

  • Donald T. Critchlow


Cold War rivalry between nuclear powers—the United States and the Soviet Union—set the tone and substance of American politics from the end of the Second World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. The Cold War dictated nearly every aspect of American politics. Bipartisan foreign policy prevailed until the Vietnam War in the 1960s, but this did not carry over to elections, domestic issues, or day-to-day politics. ‘Early Cold War politics, 1945–74’ provides an overview of the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon as well as highlighting key issues during this period such as McCarthyism, racial segregation, and civil rights.

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