In this interview published on SovietHisotry.com provides an inside look of the Soviet perspective in response to Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech. Stalin addresses the justifications for legislative war as a threat to Soviet idealistics. He despises the allied forces unwillingness to “collaborate” (Stalin, 4) He also says that he perceived this speech to harm security and cause. This interview took place in Pradava on March 14. It provides the soviet response to the allied forces action to stop communism. The biggest observation is that communism is the Soviet’s way of life and the US directly insultes it, in turn inevitably receiving more powerful retaliation This interview article is incredibly intriguing. One thing that has always fascinated me about the enduring conflict with the Soviets ad now Russians is that we are taught 1 point of view and they are taught the polar opposite. We are constantly primed to believe that our way is the best and only acceptable way. But to elaborate on this point think about a typical map, we usually picture on with the United States centered in the center and Asia split up into two on both sides of the map. But that is not how it is presented on the East part of the world. In Russian school and buildings maps are centered with Russian as the focal point. My mom did a study abroad during the time period when the Berlin wall was up and the stories and laws that were imposed seem completely radical to us but from their point of view it isn't. Basically this is the premise that enticed me to want to do the Cold War in this interview Stalin addresses how in Churchill’s Iron Speech he proclaims that only English speaking countries are “constituted as a full-fledged nation… destined to rule the world” (Stalin,5). This was compared with Hitler’s tactic of racial theory of German language justifying the massacre. Which is so crazy to fathom, As a nation we are told our justifications but from the Soviet’s point of view their justifications are the undoubtable right. And both justifications are compelling. MLA Citation: “Stalin on Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech.” Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, 8 Oct. 2015, soviethistory.msu.edu/1947-2/cold-war/cold-war-texts/stalin-on-churchills-iron-curtain-speech/
The opinion article written about the illusion of combat victory in terms of the cold war includes explanations and opinions on the aftermath of the Cold War’s resolution. Essentially the article explains how after the international tensions of the Cold War the United States had established itself as an international superpower. But instead of using that power and respect for international welfare the US retreated. The article states that the United States stopped fighting wars, and brought all infrastructure back to the US soil. Which allowed other nations to capitalize as the US sat idly by. The article goes in depth in how the United States population struggled to feel safe and comfortable not only as a nation but also in international entanglements. As well as explaining the connection between going terrorism in the year preceding the end of the Soviet Union. This article might be one of my favorites. There are a couple of reasons for that, but to help with understanding I want to emphasize something. As a young citizen intrigued by politics I have always favored socialism in its most infantry and naive form. I care and respect the emphasis of a “greater good”. It was eyeopener to hear former communist leader, Todor Zhivok say that “... if Lenin were alive today, he would say the same thing. I must now admit that we started from the wrong basis, from the wrong premise. The foundation of socialism was wrong. I believe that at its very conception the idea of socialism was stillborn”. Obviously these leaders were more communist than socialist but as indicated by them their foundation was socialist. I just found this opinion piece as extremely raw. It helped inform the population of a truth that is so often ignored. The article talks about the ideology behind communism and the explosion of the governing type. MLA Citation: Westad, Odd Arne. “The Cold War and America's Delusion of Victory.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 28 Aug. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/opinion/cold-war-american-soviet-victory.html.
Getty Images is an organization, widely known and recognized for its high quality images. They compiled images from the Cold War era, that encapsulated the conflict and tensions occurring at that time. This photojournalism exhibit reveals the secrecy and fear in the Americans and Soviets.There are 100 pages of images that feature not only physical images of bombs and armies but also the drills happening in schools. Pictures with models of underground bomb shelters and propaganda posters. The compilation of images is very unique because these images are not only from the American perspective. I was super excited to find this resource because these images are revolutionary for their rawness of reality during the Cold War. In the fourth row of the online exhibit it features a hand signing peace from across the other side of the wall. This photo is very representative of the people’s wish for peace and resolution. The wall broke up families. One of my sixth grade teachers went to the Berlin when the wall came down and she passed the piece of cement around our class room, I was astounded. It was incredible to realize that such an insignificant thing can have such drastic consequences. The collection also illustrates the rigidness of the Soviet Union as the disciple of the KGB officers is evident in images of them. MLA Citation: “Wwii Us Infantry Soldiers Lighting A Cigar At Night Photography.” Cold War Stock Photos and Pictures | Getty, https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/cold-war?mediatype=photography&phrase=cold%20war&sort=mostpopular
This film helps illustrate the patriotism evident in the United States. An american lawyer is placed on the court case of a suspected Soviet spy. The film follows the life and relationship of mutual respect that is cultivated between the lawyer and the suspected spy. The plot is incredibly thought provoking as at this point in American history the national patriotism was extremely heightened, even overly heightened. The public became extremely frustrated with the lawyer as they accused him of treason for defending the Soviet spy. I am not a very big muovie person and typically feel regretful, but this movie was quite a masterpiece. The cinematography was incredible. The film features many season rooted in silence and gestures which causes suspense and builts depth It think the most admirable attribute of the spy is his loyalty to the Soviet Government. One of his long lasting imprint on the American lawyer was his unmatched ability to remain calm and content through interrogations and the betrayal he faces from the Soviet Government. MLA Citation: Spielberg, Steven, et al. Bridge of Spies. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2015.
The journalistic article features the origins of the conflicts between the Soviet Union and the United States as they struggle for international power. The two nations fought for the territory and affection from Cuba, as explored in the article. The featured article creates a in depth summary of the timeline of the fidel castro controversy. Multiple different perspectives are provided, even though the article is posted on American Experience. It features the effects on different territories; including afghanistan, latin america, and angola. I think this source is extremely interesting because as a younger generation, I am not exposed to the multiple perspectives of the cold war. The majority of the publicized information is that of the United States justifications, and this article explores the reasonings and stand points of both Cuba and the Soviet Union. Another aspect of the featured article I am very impressed with is that it provides input from many political figures from all nations. For example, the article features a cuban analyst to indulge in the international power hunt of Fidel Castro. MLA Citation: “Castro and the Cold War.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/comandante-cold-war/.
This source of cartoons, is based on the cartoons made during the cold war era by Herblock and fellow cartoonists. Political cartoons became extremely prevalent during the cold war because it wasn’t exactly a war known for its casualties but more for its arms race. This exhibit of cartoons is from the Library of Congress. Therefore, illustrating the nationally recognized political cartoons. These cartoons were used to add humor amidst the times of great tension. This source is very relevant and interesting to see what the United States government recognizes as the response to the ongoing war. The political cartoon movement really took off during the cold war. I have always enjoyed the irony and cleverness required for political cartoons. Last year in history class we were assigned to create our own political cartoons and I can say for a fact I learned so much about the topic from researching ways to turn a gloomy topic into humorous small talk. The cartoons commonly poked fun at the radical and nationalist feelings of both nations. Not only are cartoons a form of art but they are also a creative way to express news. These political cartoons allowed all citizens, even artists to relate and contribute to the international debate. MLA Citation: “Pointing Their Pens.” Library Of Congress, https://loc.gov/exhibits/pointing-their-pens-editorial-cartoons/