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US Military History: Cold War

This guide is for use with military history courses taught at University of Wyoming, specifically HIST 2020: US Military History.


The Cold War was a period of political tension between the United States and their allies against the Soviet Union and their allies. In general, the period is considered to have lasted from 1947 to 1991. The term "Cold War" reflects the fact that there was not any "hot", direct, large-scale battles between the sides, but it was in essence a "war" because lives were lost, military power was increased, and each side attempted to dominate the other. In addition to the resources listed below, the collections of the American Heritage Center contains some unique primary source materials about the Cold War.

Reference Books & Bibliographies

Novels & Narrative Nonfiction

Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Recommended Scholarly Books

Primary Sources

Bibliographic Databases & Journals

Memoirs & Personal Journals

Government Documents

In general these titles are available as print and online (eBook or PDF)

Allies of a kind : Canadian Army-US Army relations and the Korean War, 1950-1953 by Allan R. Millett

Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2015
Forging the Shield: the U. S. Army in Europe, 1951-1962 by Donald A. Carter
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 114.2:C 67/2/SHIELD
ISBN: 9780160927546
Publication Date: 2015-06-01
The Hexagon story
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 1.2:H 51
Publication Date: 2012
History of strategic air and ballistic missile defense
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 114.2:ST 8/4/V.1/2009 & D 114.2:ST 8/4/V.2/2009
Honor and fidelity : the 65th Infantry in Korea, 1950-1953 by Gilberto N. Villahermosa
Call Number: Online & GOV DOCS D 114.2:H 75
ISBN: 9780160833243
Intelligence Revolution 1960: Retrieving the Corona Imagery That Helped Win the Cold War
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 1.2:IN 8/16
ISBN: 9781937219024
Publication Date: 2012-04-26
The Korean War : restoring the balance, 25 January-8 July 1951
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 114.2:K 84/9/RESTOR
Publication Date: 2000
The Korean War : years of stalemate, July 1951-July 1953
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 114.2:K 84/9/YEARS
Publication Date: 2000
Medics' war by Albert E. Cowdrey
Call Number: GOV DOCS D114.2:K84/2/v.4
MIG Alley: The Fight for Air Superiority by William T. Y'Blood
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 301.82/7:M 58
Publication Date: 2000
South to the Naktong, north to the Yalu; June-November 1950 by Roy Edgar Appleman
Call Number: GOV DOCS D114.2:K84/2 v.1
Publication Date: 1961
Three wars of Lt. Gen. George E. Stratemeyer : his Korean war diary
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 301.82/7:K 84/2
Publication Date: 1999
U.S. Marines in the Korean War
Call Number: GOV DOCS D 214.13:K 84/14
Publication Date: 2007