Chapter 5. Cold War and Culture War

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Christopher Newfield PhD Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch5

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Newfield, C. (2010) Cold War and Culture War, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • Cold War and Culture War;
  • term “Cold War,” conflict emerging between two capitalist and Communist;
  • The Cold War, dividing Europe into Western and Eastern halves - dividing Korea and Vietnam, proxy wars in Africa, Latin America, and Middle East;
  • from concept to system - Cold War's geography effectively established by Yalta Conference of February 1945;
  • “House Un-American Activities Committee” (HUAC) - best known investigations of alleged Communist sympathizers in government;
  • Cultural War - Cold War fought primarily by political, legal, and cultural means;
  • acts of repression - US, history of fear of internal sedition and history of suppressing potential sources;
  • invention of affluence - positive vision of American way of life, “the affluent society”;
  • widespread counter movements;
  • Cold War II and the Culture Wars

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • From Concept to System

  • A Cultural War

  • Acts of Repression

  • The Invention of Affluence

  • Widespread Counter Movements

  • Cold War II and the Culture Wars

  • Ongoing Continuities