"The Cold War became truly global only after 1962." How far does the history of the Cold War in the period 1950-80 support this view?
The history of the Cold War does not do much to support this claim.
In the years between 1950 and 1962, the Cold War was alive and well in many parts of the world. It is true that it had not penetrated as far into Africa and Latin America as it later would, but it was very much present in all parts of the world. Here are some examples of events around the world during the period 1950-1962:
- Korean War
- CIA coups against Mossadegh in Iran and Arbenz in Guatemala
- The Suez Crisis
- The conflict between Taiwan and China over Quemoy and Matsu
- The Bay of Pigs Invasion
These events show Cold War conflicts in the Middle East (both Egypt and Iran), in East Asia, and in Latin America. They show that the Cold War was very much a global phenomenon even before 1962.