In the late 1940s scholars and practitioners reached for the lessons learned from World Wars I and II to combat the growing threat posed by the Soviet Union. The United States established a free trade order to ensure Western prosperity, built peacetime alliances around the world to help contain Soviet power, and went to war to save South Korea and to demonstrate that aggression would not pay. For four decades Americans experienced a Cold War with the Soviet Union. The two superpowers engaged in a massive arms race and almost went to war over Berlin, Cuba, and the Middle East.
Goldgeier, James M.
"Review Essay: What Did the Cold War Teach Us?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 57
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol57/iss3/12