The Cold War: A Matter of Opinion
The Cold War was really a battle of wills, a power struggle, between the United States and the Soviet Union. No military contact ever ensued, but there was the constant fear of nuclear weapons. During World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union fought as allies against the Axis powers (History, 2013). However, that changed after the war when there was competition between the two nations. The Cold War was an event in history that is commonly taught in schools all around the country. I personally do not remember learning about it in school, although I am sure I did. I interviewed five ...view middle of the document...
The two people that did remember had very different answers, which I found interesting and wonder if it is because of their ages and when they grew up. Jon Heil, age 31, remembers learning that the “USA and USSR started disagreeing on a lot of political issues regarding how Germany should be dealt with after WWII and other world matters” (personal communication, March 9, 2013). Dan Custer, age 60, remembers learning about the “loss of freedoms, especially religious freedoms, Radio-free Europe, and conflicting ideologies” (personal communication, March 12, 2013).
Naming the events of the Cold War brought about many different answers. Jon Heil associates the “Cuban Missile crisis” and that was his only answer (personal communication, March 9, 2013). Dan Custer could think of many events, and again I wonder if that is because of his age and the fact that the Cold War happened throughout his middle school, high school and college days. The key events he associated were “end of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall” (personal communication, March 12, 2013). However, in my opinion, Deb Kessler had the best answer “The Berlin Wall came down. I learned this from Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’” (personal communication, March 10, 2013).
Perhaps the most interesting interview I conducted was with my father, Robert Spengler, who spent 18 months on an ammunition ship at the beginning of the...