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Sputnik Escalates the Cold War
INTRODUCTION Bernard Baruch and Walter Lippmann are credited with popularizing the term "cold war," but neither could have known the tremendous impact the Cold War would have on the world over the second half of the 20th century. READ MORE NEED TO KNOW The Cold War arose from the ashes of World War II, as the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers and engaged in an ideological conflict between capitalism and communism. READ MORE POINT OF VIEW One of the many significant moments of the Cold War was the Soviet launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, an event that stunned the American people and ignited the space race. READ MORE EXAMINE With all the elements of a great spy novel, Sputnik was launched on October 4, 1957. Imagine that you were attending a state dinner at the Soviet Union's embassy in Washington, D.C. that evening. READ MORE

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