The most memorable moment in hockey history came thirty-four years ago with the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The Americans defeating the dominant Soviet team at the Olympics was not only an important triumph for USA Hockey, but for the entire nation. Contrary to popular belief, the underdog win was not only the result of a miracle; it was also the result of a hard-working team led by Coach Herb Brooks. With increasingly negative views on the position of the United States in the Cold War, the Miracle on Ice and the gold medal win lifted the spirits of the nation and brought hockey into the American spotlight.
Before the 1980 Winter Olympics began, the US Olympic hockey team was not expected to do as well as they did. They had many powerhouse teams to beat and the team was just a bunch of college kids who wanted to play hockey. In the end, they had performed one of the greatest upsets in the history of hockey by defeating the USSR, the whom many thought of as the greatest hockey team in the world.
...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.
The end of the Cold War was marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. At this time, many other European Communist nations began to fall as well. People pointed out that there was not an obvious winner of the Cold War. However, thousands of American lost their lives waging proxy wars in Korea and Vietnam. “People believed the military spending policies of the Reagan-Bush years forced the Soviets to the brink of economic collapse.” However, Americans hoped they remained safe and marked with security and
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
The collapse of Soviet Union in 1989 finally put an end to the cold war. The US won the ultimate victory like what Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “...the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”[ Franklin D. Roosevelt, “War Message,” US(1920-1945): 2, accessed May 21, 2014, DOI: 10.1093/acref/9780199794188.013.0142] However, the cold war legacy had a big influences on variety groups of American. The military spending increases indicates the better condition in the US Army, the Technological advances gave opportunities to many technology innovators and globalization led to economy crisis. This is the extensive power of the cold war legacy.
As I examined the Cold War, interesting stories and facts appeared that fascinate our minds with wonders about what it was like back then. But, by pulling out three main points, I was able to understand the basics of the Cold War and get an insight into what really happened and how it affects the world that we live in today.
When one hears the common phrase, “The only good commie is a dead one,” the Cold War comes to mind. This war, cold because of no direct violence towards each country, was a major contribution to future wartime diplomacy. The clever Americans used many tactics to create a “cold” war that would benefit them in every aspect. The fear of communism consuming smaller countries exaggerated the possibility that America’s economy could be jeopardized. Politicians also helped guarantee anti-communist principles in the United States. Imitating the government, the media and other political figures helped create a frenzy of fear. The United States was more to blame for the Cold War than the Soviet Union.
After world war one peace looked inevitable. Everyone was wrong about this because a few years later world war two erupted. This great war was supposed to be the war to end all wars. In this war it was crystal clear who was the good side and who was the bad side. Almost everyone figured that if the bad side was defeated then peace couldn’t possibly escape us again. We defeated the evil Axis powers, but of course another serpent would rear its ugly head from behind the curtains. This period of a “cold war” after world war two has become one of the most complex and studied eras since America’s birth. This state of paradoxes, paranoia, and public disorientation has only ended a few years ago, but its consequences will probably stretch on into the distant future. Stephen Whitfield exhibits flawlessly how the culture that has arisen from this extraordinary era is truly a marvel of the psychology of the human mind.
In 1994, the Canadian Federal government compromised and voted to make hockey Canada’s National Winter Sport and lacrosse Canada’s National Summer Sport. Which Sport should be named Canada’s true national sport? Hockey is in the blood of all Canadians. Millions can vividly remember the first time they put on a pair of skates and stepped onto the ice. Providing nation-wide entertainment, Canadians are overcome by emotional realization that “Canada is hockey.”- Mike Weir. Generations of Canadians were brought up listening to Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday evening on the radio. It is more than just a sport in Canada, it defines the culture. Look no further than the five-dollar bill. One will observe a group of children playing a game of hockey on a frozen pond. The sport is part of Canada’s national identity.