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Access to History: The USA and the Cold War 1945-1963

By | Copyright Year:2003 | ISBN-13: 9780340846872

This second edition has been updated to take account of recent historical research into the period, including up-to-date interpretations relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The major issues surrounding the origins of the Cold War and its subsequent escalation into a global power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, are examined through an accessible narrative and comprehensive selection of sources. The author also provides an analysis of the extent to which the Cold War had an impact on America’s political institutions and society. The revised study guides provide a firm basis for answering differentiated source-based and extended writing questions.


Overview: America and the Cold War 1945-63
Origins: The United States and the Beginning of the Cold War
Containment: Confining Soviet Power
Escalation: Global Cold War, Hot War in Korea 1945-53
Co-existence and Confrontation: Eisenhower's Cold War 1953-61
Crisis and Compromise: Kennedy's Cold War 1961-63
Home Front: The Impact of the Cold War on the United States 1945-63


Oliver Edwards is Head of History at Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.


Includes advice on the different skills required for AS and A level specifications

Is in line with new specifications offered from September 2000

Contains new Access to History series features including Points to Consider, Key Issues and Profiles