The Cold War: A Global War

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The cold war (1945-1991) was a substantial war that was fought on an

economic, philosophical, cultural, social and political level. This

impacted globally and changed the majority of the world’s societies to a

liberated fashion, rather than the archaic and conservative ways. Global

war is a war engaged in by all if not most of the principle nations of the

world, a prime example of such would be of the two great wars.

Therefore the cold war can’t be classified as a global war in terms of the

military and actual warfare’s, as the two superpowers (Soviet Union and

USA) fought indirectly with each other, however to an extent the cold war

can be said it’s a global war in terms of its politics and economics. The

effects of the cold war were definitely felt globally and had an aftermath

that is still portrayed in our society. It essentially started off with clash of

ideologies and tension with the rivalry for power between the two

superpowers and following that a few misinterpreted events leading to the

outbreak of the cold war. The cold war triggered many events such as

civil wars or rebellions, which all had connections with the superpowers.

Prior to the cold war it is important to understand the clash of ideologies

that resulted in the tension between the two superpowers and how it came

to be on a global scale, and how it became one of the main factors made

the cold war long lasting. Firstly we will examine why the cold war can

truly be a global war and then why it can’t be.

To look at why the cold war can be fought on a global scale in terms of the

economics and politics it is important to e...

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...obal scale like the two great wars.

Works Cited

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2Gaddis John Lewis, The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947, New York, 2000, pp. 32-62, 282-315.

3Hobsbawm E.J, The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991, New York, 1996, pp. 54-84

4LaFeber Walter, America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2002, Boston, 2004, pp.1-31.

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6 Painter David S, The Cold War: An International History, London, 1999. pp. 9-112

7Pipes, Richard, Communism: A History, New York, 2003, especially pp. 89-114.

8Sites Richard, ‘The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, 1900-1945’, in Michael Howard and William Roger Louis, The Oxford history of the twentieth century, New York, 1998, p. 117-27.

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