...sed to a new way of life without the tension and fear of a communist takeover in which many American citizen’s had no idea how to. They were used to growing up in an era were fear of communism was an ever present force in everyone’s everyday lives. While most would say that the Cold War was not a war to be won, Republicans were quick to claim that their policies under the Reagan and Bush administrations were key contributors to the collapse of the Soviet Union and Democrats were quick to argue in repute that the policies that attributed to the containment of communism were enacted forty five years earlier during president Truman’s presidency. Although communism was contained, it caused a lot of fear and trillions of dollars. The Soviet Union fell and American’s breathed a sigh of relief though, because an era of fear and relentless money spending had seemed to end.
In Conclusion, the Cold War era was a silent war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R on the right of individuals. Eventually, the U.S. triumph over the U.S.S.R. so that’s why other nations look up to America’s democratic and capitalist system
...a, from containment to rollback in Korea; welcoming European integration because it portended the creation of an economic unit that encouraged technological innovation; building a configuration of power in the international system, nurturing free markets while safeguarding American interests, a constant in Washington for more than 35 years; and, free political economy at home were just a few of the strategic methods used to change, influence, and shape American domestic policy (Leffler, The Specter of Communism,100-129).
“In the wake of the Cold War, Americans felt it was their patriotic duty to buy consumer goods to help the economy grow. In turn, the U.S. became the world’s dominant economic power” ("Cold War Influences on American Culture, Politics, and Economics").
During the late 1940's and the 1950's, the Cold War became increasingly tense. Each side accused the other of wanting to rule the world (Walker 388). Each side believed its political and economic systems were better than the other's. Each strengthened its armed forces. Both sides viewed the Cold War as a dispute between right and wron...
From the time of the Spanish American war until the beginning of the Cold War the United States went from relative isolation to increased global involvement because of 1 utopian thinking, 2 business expansion, and 3 changes in foreign policy. The consequences on American society of that greater involvement were 4 America’s development into an “international police power”.
With the cessation of World War II and continental Europe left in smoking shambles as it was barely two decades prior, communism seemed like an irresistible temptation to countries left ravaged by the war and forsaken by a capitalist system. Ergo, the United States, center of the capitalist west and sworn enemy of communism, devoted itself through the adaption of numerous policies to containing this perceived threat. Consequently, the policies constructed to enforce communist containment were the most significant developing factors of the United States in a postwar world with tremendous impact on both foreign and domestic fronts.
Traditionalists have claimed that America’s doctrine, or motive, were to protect democracy and promote security throughout the world in the post-war era. Revisionist’s holds that America was on a rampage to export, import, and invest – all tenets of capitalism. America had a firm footing in the international system, and the Soviet’s became worried. They responded to the United States’ doctrine by competing and countering the doctrine that they were diametrically opposed to. The USSR became worlds opposed rather than worlds apart because it was not willing to participate in the liberal world-system, as the Soviet’s were unwilling to pivot away from totalitarianism or Stalinism. The Cold War begins in t...
At the conclusion of World War II, the United States of America emerged as the savior of Europe and became one of the leading global political powers of the subsequent age. Behind the “iron curtain” of Easter Europe, however, another superpower, the Soviet Union, which was seemingly the exact opposite of the United States in every way imaginable, exerted its force to instill and defend communism in its surrounding satellite states. The ideologies of these two countries displayed myriad incompatibilities, and over a period spanning the next four decades, the Soviet Union and the United States of America attempted to gain military, political, and social advantages over each other in order to preserve their systems of life. Especially with the advent of nuclear weapons and warfare, both of these nations saw the other as a perilous threat not only to the continuation of the ideals of democracy in America and Communism in The Soviet Union, but also to the lives of their innocent civilians. Countless numbers of historians have argued over the question of which superpower initiated the conflict, which Walter Lippmann coined “The Cold War” in his book of the same title, but a consensus has not yet been reached. In general, however, the events of the Cold War, which thankfully did not result in a military conflict, followed a specific pattern: The United States’ paranoia over the expansion of the Communist bloc encouraged them to develop new weapons and exert their influence in numerous struggles in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Soviets, seeing this American initiative as a threat, also escalated their weapons and military programs.
In the mid twentieth century, America experienced a vast amount of struggles and obstacles. This included the beginning of the Cold War. The Cold War began in 1945, and was the battle between the Soviet Union and America. From the Soviets perspective, America was to blame for their struggles due to their lack of assistance towards the Soviets railroad and factory repairs and necessities (Ziede Lecture, 11/7/2016). America felt as though the Soviets were pushy and uncooperative and feared that Stalin would become a threat, equivalent to Hitler (Ziede Lecture,11/7/2016). Ultimately, both sides sought to control Europe. By reading “Long Telegram” by George F. Kennan, President Eisenhower’s Address towards the mob at Little Rock, and reading the
The Cold War had both it's benefits and it's obstruction; not only the United States were changed by the Cold War. There was a benefit from Sputnik being launched because it led to a revolution of technology. There was an obstruction from both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Unites States supporting the Mujahedeen. The Cuban Missile Crisis has caused conflict to this day, but hopefully the two nations can come together to find a resolution. America still has a conflict with Afghanistan from the pain inflicted on our country by killing thousands of innocent American citizens. The ideal world would have all countries thrive and prosper from each other but that will never happen due to the unquenchable want to be the best. If the Cold War had never happened The United States and other countries would not be the same countries they are today.
Reagan’s ethos was created throughout his two terms but solidified in his second and final one. Reagan presents his ethos throughout his rhetoric by stating facts with authority and also in a way that made him credible to the audience. One of the parts in his speech is headlined with a cold and awakening fact directed at the Soviet Union. In a 1956 speech given by Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev, the statement “We will bury you,” was aimed at Western ambassadors who stood for freedom. In Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate, he specifically calls out the previously stated notion that the Soviets would essentially, “bury the free world.” Reagan profoundly proclaims this: “In the 1950s, Khrushchev predicted: "We will bury you." But in the West today, we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being unprecedented in all human history. In the Communist world, we see failure, technological backwardness, declining standards of health, even want of the most basic kind--too little food. Even today, the Soviet Union still cannot feed itself. After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.” The great appeal this presented to the
... Legacy of the Cold War at Home." The Journal of American History 97.4 (2011): 939-57,937. ProQuest Central. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. .
Military expenditures in the former Soviet Union were a great burden on the Soviet economy, draining resources that might otherwise have been available to improve the economic circumstances of the people. While Russia's centralized economy could provide the organization for an effective military establishment, it could not efficiently manage the complex distribution system of a consumer-based society. The Soviet Union was a great military power, but its people lived in disadvantaged circumstances throughout the Cold War.