The Soviet Union disintegrates; the balance of power collapses; Germany reunifies; Russia's economy decays.
The Soviets lose Eastern Europe; the Berlin Wall falls.
President Reagan vows to vanquish the "evil empire," laying plans for the Star Wars anti-missile system in outer space.
Soviet infiltration; the Profumo scandal; the U-2; Aldrich Ames.
The Soviets in Afghanistan.
The nuclear freeze movement; Solidarity rises in Poland; Reagan is elected president.
The United States has a history of treating Latin America as its own backyard, using the CIA or sending in the Marines to depose governments.
Middle East conflicts; nationalist struggles in Africa.
Vietnam War; SALT treaty; Helsinki Accords.
China under Mao; the Sino-Soviet split; the Cultural Revolution; Nixon visits China in 1972.
Eastern Europe attempts reform; Soviet tanks move into Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Youth rebellion in America; communist influence peaks in the West; racial violence; rock music.
The United States and Soviet Union, each armed with nuclear weapons, confront each other; nuclear strategy evolves into Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD).
United States forces enter Vietnam; war protests in America; the Tet offensive.
The Cuban revolution; Soviet missiles in Cuba; the missile crisis.
Divided Germany; the 1961 Vienna summit; building the Berlin Wall.
Soviet space program; space race; the election of Kennedy.
Khrushchev seizes power, Hungarian rebellion, "the thaw."
HUAC and the McCarthy years; Eisenhower is elected president; Stalin dies.
The People's Republic of China; Korean War.
The Berlin airlift; NATO treaty; Soviets explode nuclear bomb.
Truman Doctrine; Marshall Plan boosts European recovery.
Soviet domination of Eastern Europe; collapse of Britain; Churchill's "iron curtain" speech.
Wartime alliance; the division of Europe; origins of the arms race.