The Cold War ended just as the Information Age got underway. Around the same time that Americans were getting AOL installation discs in the mail, the Berlin Wall was coming down in Europe. While Vladimir Putin lost his job working in East Germany for Russian intelligence, gamers logged onto their networks with their 9600-baud modems, praying no one called and made their call waiting beep. Indeed, the whole world seemed different.
This, of course, was the end of the Cold War. It really began in the waning days of World War II, when the Allies raced to capture Berlin. The U.S.S.R. took the Eastern European nations that would become the Iron Curtain, the bloc of Russian allies who would allow the U.S.S.R. to put military bases wherever they wanted to, in order to threaten "the decadent West."
Much of the Cold War was dominated by proxy wars. Some were fought in Asia, as with the Vietnam War, while others were fought in the Middle East, as with many terrorist groups that gained their only official recognition from the U.S.S.R., who would even train them in espionage on occasion. The results of these proxy wars reverberate to this day.
In this mid-to-late 20th century, where would you stand? What would be your capitalist role in the West? Would you be an elite or a member of the lumpen proletariat? Take this quiz to find out!