Analysis of Elaine Tyler May's "Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era"

A 6 page paper which analyzes Elaine Tyler May's 1988 book "Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era," which asserts that after World War II, Americans preferred marrying young, perpetuating traditional gender roles and a secure home life, because of the unsettling experiences of the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. Specifically assessed are the relative causal influences of these historical events to determine which factor was the most responsible for the desire of Cold War America to achieve security through marriage, tradition and home. No additional sources are used.

American Cultural Imperialism In The Post Cold War Era

A 5 page research paper that examines current thinking regarding the ways in which Western style consumerism has become the hallmark of globalization. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

John Gaddis: Rethinking the Cold War

5 pages. Yale Professor John Lewis Gaddis, in his book, "We Now Know: Rethinking the Cold War History", tells us that the Cold War was inescapable. Depending upon one's interpretation, Gaddis ascertains that the Cold War possessed many instigators from American paranoia to a lack of mutual cooperation to the outright compromise of foreign policy. This paper discusses the primary causes of the Cold War and the reasons it evolved. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

'The End of Victory Culture' by Tom Engelhardt

A 5 page paper in which the writer provides an overview of his concepts in The End of Victory Culture, especially as they relate to the transition in perceptions of the American war story in post-World War II Cold War America. No additional sources cited.

Power: An International Relations Perspective

5 pages in length. The writer discusses power as it relates to international relations, as well as addresses issues concerning the post-Cold War era and the very nature of political power. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Different Viewpoints on Global Trends

6 pages in length. In looking at the differing viewpoints on global trends as observed by Thomas Friedman and Ignacio Ramonet, we show how each author conceptualizes globalization. Additionally, the ongoing concerns over security and nuclear arms in the post-cold war era will be discussed, as well as the future of nuclear weapons in global security. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

“The Lexus and the Olive Tree” by Thomas L. Friedman

A 6 page examination of Thomas L. Friedman’s “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” as it concerns globalization and the Post-cold War era. No additional sources cited.

The Cold War: A Comparison of the “The Hunt for Red October”, “Red Storm Rising”, and Historical Fact

A 5 page review of the Cold War years. The author of this paper emphasizes that the intent of the Cold War was to stabilize world politics and to maintain peace. In reality, it could be contended that the real outcome of this political approach was anything but a peaceful and secure world order. Indeed, the Cold War itself was a kind of warfare. Even in recognition of the fact that no actual warfare between the two main players, the Soviet Union and the United States erupted during the Cold War years, it was a period of intense hostility. This hostility is no better imprinted on the American psyche than through literature and movies. Two books in particular have added to our understanding of the Cold War. These books, both by author Tom Clancy, are “The Hunt for Red October” and “Red Storm Rising”. Each offers significant insight to the tensions which existed between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War years. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Cold War Ideolgies and Their Importance

When WWII ended America was filled with loyal and idealogical citizens. That ideology sustained us throughout the cold war and now that it is over stands at the ready in case it is needed again. This five page paper outlines and discusses the ideals and beliefs that were held by Americans just prior to the cold wars inception. Bibliography lists four sources.

The American Way of Fighting

A 4 page paper that considers the progression of American warfare from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War. This paper provides the major points of transition that created the changes in the American way of fighting. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Rise And Fall Of The Cold War

5 pages in length. When one contemplates the rise and fall of the Cold War, there exist a number of variables that must be addressed in order to gain a comprehensive understanding. Depending upon one's interpretation, the Cold War possessed many instigators from American paranoia to a lack of mutual cooperation to the outright compromise of foreign policy. However, history has reflected myriad extraordinarily telling accounts of what actually did begin the rise, as well as the ultimate fall, of the Cold War; one only need decide which interpretation to believe. The writer discusses the rise and fall of the Cold War. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Cold War Consequences

The Cold War was a war of ideology that had it's beginnings in the aftermath of World War II and the redistribution of power. The two great powers, the United States and the Soviet Union struggled for a balance of power in a world where even the definitions of peace had changed. The Cold war had the effect of generating an active defense of American capitalism. Private enterprise economy was seen as a viable and stable economic system. Economic freedom and political democracy were commingled in the eyes of the world, much as communism and authoritarian government were. This 5 page paper examines some of the changes wrought by the ending of the Cold War and the changes that might be expected in the future. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Cold War Civil Rights

A 3 page review of Mary Dudziak’s Cold War Civil Rights. No additional sources cited.

Chapter Summaries: The Cold War and the Greater West Asian Crisis

This 4 page paper summarizes two textbook chapters: the cold war and the greater Asian crisis.

The Cold War and its Failure to Escalate to a Hot War

It has been argued that one of the most important aspects of examining the Cold War, is not to examine why and how it escalated, but to examine why did not escalate into a "hot war". This 8 page paper looks at the Cold War and how it progressed; applying a conflict escalation model to identify the way the conflict escalated, and discusses why it did not end in outright war. The bibliography cites 9 sources.