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Posted on Jun 20, 2004 in History News

WebWarrior: The Cold War

Jim H. Moreno

Like the Internet Modern History Sourcebook, the next sites are hosted by some of the best .edu sites on the Web. While there is a good deal of ?interpretation’ herein, they still pose a respectable amount of quality information, and lead to others that do the same, as well.

7. Cold War International History Project

Established in 1991 at the Washington, D.C., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the CWIHP gathers and releases information about the Cold War, with a particular interest in previously inaccessible sources.

The main draw here is the Virtual Archive, where is gathered a bit of information on the Cold War all over the world, in such far away countries as Latin America, Indochina, and the Horn of Africa. The database has an excellent Search and Browse function. The Wilson Quarterly section has some rather interesting reading, also.

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http://wwics.si.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=topics.home&topic_id=1409

 

8. The Cold War Science & Technology Studies Program

This site is hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University Department of History. There’s not a whole lot of information here. Mainly, stick to the red buttons Bibliographies, Filmography, Web Links, and Photos. This will probably be a nice break from reading some of the serious stuff in this list. Just be sure to check out the link to the booklet Science, Technology, and Democracy in the Cold War and After.

http://www.cmu.edu/coldwar/

 

9. The Avalon Project: The Cold War

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy is a massive and ambitious project, to say the least. So far they have gathered such grand works as a documentary record of the American Revolution, the Barbary Treaties (1816-1836), a collection of European historical documents from 802 ? 1992, and a solid addition of World War Two documents.

Their Cold War subjects covered include U.S defense treaties, works on Soviet-American diplomacy from 1945 to 1988, and the complete 14 May 191955 Warsaw Security Pact. A simple design lets readers get into and out of a wanted section quickly, while the font allows for easy reading. Lots of very good information here, as well.

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/coldwar.htm

 

10. The Harvard Project on Cold War Studies

The name says it all. Harvard ties this site in with their Journal of Cold War Studies, which can be found by clicking the journal > about the journal menu path and reading under the Description heading. Other information can be found under the Links and Resources menu selection, but it’s the Archive menu that’s the main point here.

The font on this page is a bit small to read, but the pertinent links are colored blue, which helps some. Everything is in .PDF format, so if you don’t have Adobe Acrobat, it can be found here, also.

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hpcws/

 

The next and last two sites are just thrown in for honorable mention, so to speak. Not really on the level of the above sites, they still provide a bit of interesting information that just may be useful to someone.

11. Deepcold ? Secrets of the Cold War in Space: 1959 ? 1969

Documenting the ?darker side to the history of manned space flight’, this site looks at what was the U.S. and Russia was planning as far as taking the Cold War into space, and how. Ran by a fellow by the name of Dan Roam, he has taken 3D models of spacecraft and rendered them into computer models and artwork. It’s cool just to see ?what might have been’, or, better still, ?what may yet be’.

www.deepcold.com

 

12. Cold War Era @about.com

If I had had the military history sites hosted at About.com in high school, I would have become a professional military historian at a much earlier age. About.com does an excellent job of bringing basic, easily understood and easily reached history topics to the masses, and is a great place for the fledgling historian to cut their cyber-teeth in.

The Cold War section here numbers only ten short articles, but they are all hyperlinked to other relevant info, including a couple listed above. Excellent stuff for school reports and to jog the ol’ memory, when needed.

http://americanhistory.about.com/od/coldwar/

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Jim H. Moreno

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