The Cold War During World War II

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Shortly after World War II conflicts and tensions started to intensify between the Soviet Union and United States. Postwar Soviet expansionism in Eastern Europe fueled many Americans’ fears of Russian plan to control the world. These two nations had strongly conflicting ideologies and fear of expansionism, “each side aimed to transform the other (Engerman, P.20).” It could be considered with the atmosphere after the war that no single party was entirely to blame for the Cold War and that root of the Cold War was a battle of ideas; American liberalism vs. Soviet Communism (Engerman, P.20) During the time of the Cold War, many different media were used to sell their individual ideologies to the world. In American propagated films were used to send out an “anti-commie” message. Movies such as “Invasion USA” used to show Americans and the world what would happen if they didn’t support the war, that everyone you know and loved would die. These films showed the importance/reason why containment of the “enemy” was important. The entire movie never once mentions who the enemy is exactly, but it is clear during that period that the invaders are the communists. “Is this tomorrow. America Under Communism!” cartoon was published in 1947 to show the American of what the future could hold if the Soviet Union were to take over the world. (Engerman P. 37). The popular (propaganda) movies filled the American minds with images and possible signs to tell if someone was communist. They were considered emotionless, unable to love, and robotic like (Invasion of the body snatchers). Movies such as, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and My son John relieve how fast people can change and become communist. The body snatchers show people changing over nig... ... middle of paper ... ...ment throughout Eastern Europe in order to protect the USSR from any future invasions. In the end, World War II destroyed all other major rivals to American and Soviet powers. The USSR and US emerged from the conflicted as the only two nations on earthy that could hope to propagate their social and political systems on a global scale. Each commanded powerful military force, exposed globally expansive ideologies, and each feared and distrusted the other. The overall goal of these nations was either containment of communism (US and Western Democracies) or spread worldwide communism (Soviets). Laura McEnaney “Cold War Mobilization and domestic politics: The United States” takes a quote from Michael Hogan that says, “Although the national security mentality pressed relentlessly toward cultural and ideological conformity, it never achieved that goal.” (McEnaney P. 423)

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