Cold War in the Heartland

“Growing up in the 1980s, Erik Scott experienced the resurgence of Cold War tensions that dominated the decade. “I remember seeing pop culture representations about the Soviet Union through movies like ‘Rocky IV’ and ‘Red Dawn,’” said Scott, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas. “But by the end of the decade, you also had this incredible opening of the Soviet Union and Socialist Bloc with the fall of the Berlin Wall. You were watching your ‘capital H’ history unfold on TV.” ” Read the full article here, includes a link to the website.

Library of Congress Website

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training at the Library of Congress makes available interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST).  These transcripts present a window into the lives of U.S. diplomats and the major diplomatic crisis and issues that the United States faced during the second half of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st.  See more here.




The Cold War in Alaska

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was a significant part of 20th century history that had worldwide repercussions. This project includes the personal stories of veterans who worked at Nike Missile Sites in Alaska, along with others talking about Alaska's role in the Cold War in general.  Click on a person's name, then on the interview to listen to the interview and follow the transcript, as well as a summary. The website is here.