By Richard Clay Hanes
Stretching from the tip of worldwide conflict II to 1989, the chilly battle among the Western powers and the Communist bloc formed nationwide alliances world wide. Giving first-hand perspectives of assorted facets of the chilly conflict, Primary Sources presents key whole and excerpted files of the struggle, reminiscent of Winston Churchill's ''Iron Curtain'' speech and correspondence among John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in the course of the Cuban Missile trouble.
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March 11, 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the new Soviet leader after the death of Konstantin Chernenko the previous day. S. president Ronald Reagan meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, and agree to seek the elimination of nuclear weapons. S. president Ronald Reagan addresses the American public following his meeting with Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland and describes historic nuclear arms reduction talks. October 17, 1986 Congress approves aid to Contra rebels in Nicaragua. November 3, 1986 The Iran-Contra affair is uncovered.
I have, however, felt bound to portray the shadow which, alike in the west and in the east, falls upon the world. … In those days there were high hopes and unbounded confidence that the wars were over and that the League of Nations would become all-powerful. … From what I have seen of our Russian friends and Allies during the war, I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much Haggard: Weary. … If the Western Democracies stand together in strict adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter, their influence for furthering those principles will be immense and no one is likely to molest them.
Roosevelt (1882–1945; served 1933–45) and Britain’s Churchill to allow the elections so that the countries could establish new governments. • The “Iron Curtain Speech” was delivered only a couple of weeks after George F. ” Kennan’s telegram stated that the United States had best wake up and confront the Soviets from a position of power. … President McCluer: Franc L. McCluer, president of Westminster College. 18 It is also an honour, ladies and gentlemen, perhaps almost unique, for a private visitor to be introduced to an academic audience by the President of the United States.
Cold War Reference Library - Primary Sources by Richard Clay Hanes