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ERIC Number: EJ824502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Recent Cold War Studies
Pineo, Ronn
History Teacher, v37 n1 p79-86 Nov 2003
Cold War historiography has undergone major changes since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. For two years (1992-1993) the principal Soviet archives fell open to scholars, and although some of the richest holdings are now once again closed, new information continues to find its way out. Moreover, critical documentary information has become available from the former Soviet bloc nations and from China. Gone are the days when students of the Cold War found the Eastern bloc side completely closed off to historical investigations. Such is the rush of new documentation from the former Eastern bloc that some researchers have commented that trying to make use of the materials is like trying to drink from a fire hose. In this paper, the author presents new findings on the Cold War and suggests that teachers should certainly be aware that the history of the Cold War is much more than the story of the decision making processes of the great leaders, for it is also the story of how ordinary people were affected by these decisions and how, in turn, these ordinary people helped to shape historical outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; USSR