- List of Maps and Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Historicizing the Cold War
- Ideology, Culture, and the Cold War
- Economics and the Cold War
- Geopolitics and the Cold War
- The Cold War and the Imperialism of Nation-States
- Soviet-American Relations Through the Cold War
- China and the Cold War
- Britain and the Cold War, 1945–1990
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Latin America
- South Asia
- The Cold War in Southeast Asia
- The Cold War and the Middle East
- Japan and the Cold War: An Overview
- Cold War Strategies/Power and Culture—East: Sources of Soviet Conduct Reconsidered
- Power and Culture in the West
- The Military
- The Nuclear Revolution: A Product of the Cold War, or Something More?
- International Institutions
- Trade, Aid, and Economic Warfare
- Cold War Intelligence History
- Internal Challenges to the Cold War: Oppositional Movements East and West
- Locating The Transnational in the Cold War
- Decolonization and the Cold War
- Human Rights
- Race and the Cold War
- Gender and Women's Rights in the Cold War
- The Religious Cold War
- The International Environmental Movement and the Cold War
- Globalization and the Cold War
- The End of the Cold War
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter, which examines the place of religion during the Cold War years, suggests that there were conflicting attitudes toward religion in both the United States and the Soviet Union. It explains that Protestant suspicion of the Vatican complicated U.S.–Vatican relations while church leaders within the Soviet bloc were divided between those who advocated cooperation and those who preferred resistance and active opposition. The chapter also contends that religion provided the United States with a stick with which to beat the new communist regimes, and argues that the so-called religious Cold War influenced religion in the West and the developing world in a variety of ways.
Dianne Kirby is Reader in History at the University of Ulster.
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