The cold war caused the emergence of the various themes that developed history studies in different ways. As the authors tried to represent these emerging themes in the books of history, the study turned from the past pre-cold war themes like the great depression and the second war to military power competition and the role of international politics. History changes its focus on domestic issues as the world becomes a more global and connected place to international issues following the alliances made in the threat of the cold(The American history, web).

The cold war led to a lot technology advancement, which also revolutionized history studies. For instance, the majority of the high power destructive weapons   that America adopted as a measure to protection against the aggression of the communism were part of pre cold war themes discussed by historians. A new theme emerged from the arms race as authors more on developing content that focused more on security of the cold war (Gaddis, 2006).

Today, history has also changed and evolved even greater than cold world war. New themes are emerging that have more weight and the authors have yet again shifted to have to have them documented in the sources of history. An example is the emerging trends of terrorism.

Terrorism was not a pressing issue in the cold war period, which is an indication that today’s world and history have significantly.  Other themes are emerging with development and globalization which changing history studies more than it was known before. Civil rights have taken a new form, which is also different from the past. With technology, civil rights are advocated more online nowadays not as the famous strikes and labor unrest in the world back then. Globalization has shifted the completely made history to evolve into a new branch of study very different from that of cold era.


Gaddis, J. L. (2006). The Cold War: a new history. Penguin.

The America: history and life with full text.(n.d). retrieved from on 13th may 2016