How did the Cold War affect American culture?

The Cold War established the presence of an American eternal enemy, and politicians capitalized on this as a way to consolidate their own sense of power and control. The Cold War gave American politics and culture a clear and definable enemy that everyone could agree on. The Cold War became a driving force behind popular culture for decades. Themes such as nuclear war, dystopia, and espionage permeated film and literature, among other mediums.

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The Cold War had a substantial impact on American culture during the 1950’s and 60’s especially. Themes such as nuclear war and espionage permeated popular culture during this time period as tensions between the USSR and the USA escalated.

In literature, dystopian themes were prevalent. Books such as the Manchurian Candidate and The Fourth Protocol reflected fears of Soviet takeover, while books like 1984 and Alas, Babylon explored what Soviet domination might actually look like.

Television, a new medium, also reflected people’s preoccupation with the U.S.  Shows like I Spy, Danger Man, Mission: Impossible and I Led Three Lives were all spy dramas, many with Soviet characters. Some shows even made fun of the tension, such as Get Smart and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Many movies came out that dealt with the themes of nuclear apocalypse. Doctor Strangelove, Fail-Safe and WarGames all reflected the ever-pervasive fear of nuclear destruction. James Bond films were notorious...

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