Perceptions of the Cold War Essay

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This is an interview project with the goal of discovering how people understand the Cold War. In this essay, I will analyze how people understand the Cold War today. I will explain to what extent their definition or understanding of the Cold War differs from the definition provided. I will explain why the respondents’ understanding of the Cold War is different from the way the Cold War is defined in this course or explain why the respondents’ definition is similar to the way the Cold War is defined in this course. This course defines the Cold War as the geopolitical tensions, and proxy wars fought between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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Mary remembers that the President of Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev, ended the Cold War. Compared to the information that was shared in the previous paragraph to the response given by Mary, she was pretty close. Mary knew the main parties involved during the Cold War and politics were one of the most vital issues.

Elizabeth Geis, a physical therapist born in 1978 was the second person interviewed. The first words that come to mind when Elizabeth think of the term Cold War is “depression” (E. Geis, personal communication, February 09, 2014). Elizabeth does not remember whether or not she studied about the Cold War in high school or college. Elizabeth remembers that the Cold War was mainly between the United States and Russia. Elizabeth states, “I really do not remember anything else, because History was not my favorite subject” (E. Geis, personal communication, February 09, 2014). Compared to the information that was shared in the second paragraph of this essay to the response given by Elizabeth, she was not close to knowing much about the Cold War. Elizabeth knew the main parties who were involved during the Cold War.

Lonnie Slone, a senior in high school born in 1996 was the third person interviewed. The first words that come to mind when Lonnie thinks of the term Cold War is “mass destruction, communism, and nuclear weapons” (L. Slone, personal communication, February 09, 2014). Lonnie studied the

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