Chapter Twenty-Nine: The United States in the Cold War
In this lecture you will learn about the brave new world that emerged, phoenix-like, from the ashes of World War II, a world dominated by two gigantic superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Having collaborated to finish off Adolph Hitler's barbaric Third Reich in Europe, and with the Japanese Rising Sun reduced to cinders by the American's doomsday weapon, the atomic bomb, the United States and the Soviet Union eyed each other after the war with the same distrust and distaste they had always felt, and began calculating how to do each other in. There was room for only one superpower in the world, and both thought they deserved the honor. This lecture is about that contest, when the ideological war was set in stone and both foreign and domestic policies were contrived on both sides to win what became known as the Cold War, since a Hot War with atomic bombs was not an option. You will learn how American Cold War strategists planned to win this new contest by all means short of war, using the tools of counter-insurgency conflict and economic rejuvenation abroad while building a thriving peacetime consumer economy at home to foreclose on the Soviet's schemes to export their communist revolution globally using their own proven tactics of political insurrection and destabilization that could establish a police state in any frail and vulnerable country trying to raise itself from the ashes of World War II. You will learn about the ultimate Cold War Strategy that both sides feared to use: the madness of the MAD Doctrine, a doomsday scenario which both sides kept in their back pocket for forty years, preferring total annihilation to the risk of losing this contest. How the Soviets and the Americans fought the Cold War is a fascinating story of cloak and dagger intrigue, punch and counter-punch brawls, Machiavellian political maneuvering , propaganda wars, bribery, spy stories and scandals, and of rounding up friends for your side before the other side got to them first. You will get all of this, and more, in this lecture about the launch of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. This file is 2 hr. 29 min. in length and 136 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.