After the death of Stalin in 1953, a thaw in relations between East and West allowed for the end of ...
After the Suez fiasco, Britain and France abandoned their colonial empires, with France turning to closer ties with its European ...
The coming of the 1960s saw the Cold War heating up, fueled by advances in missile technology. In 1961, another ...
Height of the Cold War
Although the Warsaw Pact was officially a defensive alliance, attempts to break with the Pact were crushed in Hungary (1956 ...
Sino-Soviet Border Conflict
The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) had brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. To avoid this danger, the ...
The crises of the early '60s brought the world to the edge of nuclear war, prompting the United States and ...
the Arctic 1977
In 1949, the Soviet Union tested its first nuclear device, leading to an arms and technology race with the US ...
Fall of the Berlin Wall
By the 1980s, the Eastern Bloc had begun to fall dangerously behind the West both economically and technologically. To address ...
By the late 1980s, the Soviet Union was surrounded by hostile states, while having to cope with economic woes, discontent ...
Reunification of Germany
Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria threw off Communist rule shortly after East Germany, marking the effective end of the Cold War ...
End of the Warsaw Pact
The collapse of communism in eastern Europe weakened the Warsaw Pact, which had mostly functioned as a tool for maintaining ...
By 1992, Yugoslavia and Croatia were ready to accept a UN-backed ceasefire. Although this didn't end all fighting in ...
Serb attempts at "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia led to NATO intervention and the UN occupation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. After this defeat ...
the Arctic 2015
The Cold War came to a swift end in the late 1980s with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. However ...