Identify several events that represent the continuation of the Cold War in the 1950's?

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The fifties were the beginning of the Cold War. The most important events I'd say were the Korean War and the Cuban Revolution. The strengthening of the Soviet's republic and our auguring with them carried on, but the Korean War was really our only hot inolvement. Before the revolution, Cuba was a playground for America. It's fall had a large emotional impact.
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It's difficult to choose just four events from this time frame, as the Cold War intensified and spread during that decade.  In addition to the events stated in the above posts, which are all great, we also saw some other very important developments at that time in the ongoing competition between the US and the Soviet Union. Four I would emphasize are:

1)  The beginning of the Space Race with the launch of Sputnik and the passage of the National Defense Education Act

2)  The CIA-aided overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman in Guatemala as the US expanded efforts to stop the spread of communism into the Western Hemisphere (though Arbenz was more interested in simple land reforms as opposed to being a full-fledged communist

3)  The uprising in Hungary in 1956, ignored by the West because it did not fit with the policy of containment.  It was crushed by Soviet tanks.

4)  The Cuban Revolution - Castro's rise to power, first supported by the US, until he announced his alliance with the Soviets, marked the first country in the Western Hemisphere to go communist, and gave the USSR a foothold for rebellion in Latin America.  This would cause a series of events into the next decade and administration, from assassination attempts to the Bay of Pigs planning, to the future Cuban Missile Crisis.

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The previous posts were very strong.  I would suggest that the belief in the "domino theory" helped to increase intervention in different parts of the world and helped to continue the Cold War after the 1950s.  The US involvement in Vietnam was a part of this, as well as the basic idea that the Cold War was something that was not really fought out between the two nations, but actually in different nations all over the world with the antagonism between the primary two nations as an underscoring subtext.  The fluid nature of this conflict that allowed it to be transported to different parts of the world allowed the Cold War to continue past the 1950s.  Its acceleration into the subsequent decades was due in part to this global presence.

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I will identify four events from the 1950s that can be seen as continuations of the Cold War during that decade.

First, there is the Korean War.  This was the first real "hot" war of this era.  It represented a major conflict between the communists and the US-led allies and hardened positions on both sides of the Cold War.

Second, there was the start of US involvement in Vietnam.  The defeat of the French got the US directly involved there.

Third, there was a general arms race that began before this decade but continued during it.

Finally, I would point to the creation of NATO on the one side and the Warsaw Pact on the other.  This represented the creation of the major blocs that would oppose one another during the rest of the Cold War in Europe.

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