How The Cold War Ended

Examines the social, political and technological changes in the world which brought about the end to the Cold War.

Between 1963 and 1990, the world saw unprecedented advances in technology, as well as upheavals both in the United States and abroad. Never in our nation’s history did change come at such a sweeping pace. The Vietnam War galvanized protesters in numbers never before witnessed; drugs became a major problem across America and for a time our nation’s leaders – both local and national – were seen as the enemy. President Richard Nixon resigned in a move unprecedented in American history. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union was undergoing massive social changes that were to culminate in the late 1980s and result in the end of Communist rule.