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Research tips: The Cold War

Providing material for fiction and non-fiction writers alike, the Cold War’s division of Europe in recent history requires careful research, says Dr Tarja Moles

After the Second World War, the relationship between the Western Bloc led by the United States and the Eastern Bloc headed by the Soviet Union deteriorated into mutual distrust and military build-up. This state lasted until 1991 and came to be known as the Cold War.

The Cold War has provided lots of material for writers, both for those who have written factually about it and for those who have used it as a backdrop for their fiction. If you think about it, the Cold War is major element in many spy thrillers.

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