The Cold War, its origins, course and conclusion can be a difficult subject to understand. It affected the lives of every person in the world, often in ways they never understood. It was a worldwide crisis extending over decades. Maps are not only useful, they are indeed vital in gaining an understanding of the geopolitics of the Cold War. With fifty maps, each with explanatory text, A Concise Historical Atlas of the Cold War covers the key events, crises and developments, such as: * The Grand Alliance in World War II* The Cuban Missile Crisis* The Non-Aligned Movement* The Arms Race* The Break-up of the USSR* The Surviving Communist WorldBut there is more - cultural, social and economic consequences of the Cold War are introduced. As a classroom tool, a useful reference work and an accessible study for general readers, the book is indispensable.