The Secret History of the North Pole
The Secret History of the North Pole

If events in history are like so many pebbles in a pond, then I’m an avalanche. — Santa Claus To paraphrase Shake...

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Globalization in the 1990S
Globalization in the 1990S

Two events in the 1980s led to changes on a global scale in the 1990s.  The first was the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, ...

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The Women's Liberation Movement
The Women's Liberation Movement

It was the summer of 1977. While my wife was at work, I stayed at home with the baby, changed his diapers, fed him, played with him, got h...

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A more detailed look at the Chinese Revolution
A more detailed look at the Chinese Revolution

A revolution is not the same as inviting people to dinner... or doing fancy needlework — Mao Zedong The civil war between...

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China Since the Cultural Revolution
China Since the Cultural Revolution

Gradually, the forces of moderation, led by Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping, resurfaced and prevailed, especially after Mao’s death at the age ...

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The Height of the Cold War (1957-72)
The Height of the Cold War (1957-72)

Why not throw a hedgehog at Uncle Sam’s pants? — Khrushchev, on his decision to put missiles in Cuba Rising tensions As we have seen, Khr...

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The Nuclear Arms Race (1945-2001)
The Nuclear Arms Race (1945-2001)

Introduction We have already seen how Stalin’s domination of Eastern Europe after World War II and the West’s reaction to his aggression...

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Missed Opportunities of the Aftermath of Stalin's Death (1953-56)
Missed Opportunities of the Aftermath of Stalin's Death (1953-56)

Introduction The death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 marked the end of an era both in the Soviet Union and the world, although no one was sure ju...

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New Rules for A New Game of the Evolution and Anatomy of Cold War Crises
New Rules for A New Game of the Evolution and Anatomy of Cold War Crises

Introduction By 1948, the United States and Soviet Union had established their respective spheres of influence in Western and Eastern Europe...

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