The “Cold War” was a unique time period were paranoia ran high and the world was at a stalemate as it watch the competition between the two world superpowers,(U.S. and the U.S.S.R.).
The relationship between the danger of Socialism and the endangerment of nuclear war. Without the bomb, Communism did not present a material hazard to America; this is emphasized by the conditions that the true height of the Cold War in 1950’s did not occur until after the Soviet Union had developed the H- Bomb and built a supply of nuclear weapons. Yet, if it weren’t for the deep rift that disconnected the “Socialists” of the East from the “Investors” of the West, the bomb itself would not have presented the same threat, and therefore would not have provoked the same level of panic. The Cold War years and as a result, the environment of terror symbolized the mixing of conflicting social beliefs with weapons so mighty that using them was similar to self-destruction; historically, it was the greatest game of Strategy ever played.
After World War II, the relationship that developed primarily between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was called the Cold War. The Cold War took place during the period from 1947 to 1991. The goal of the Cold war was to dominate international affairs for decades and many major crises. Examples for these major crises could be the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Korean War, and the Berlin Wall. For many the growth in weapons of mass destruction was the most worrying issue. The Cold War is also said to be the conflict between the Communist nations led by the Soviet Union and the democratic nations led by the United States. This war was fought by all means of propaganda, economic war, and occasional military clashes.
The Cold War had an impact regarding Americans socially and culturally. What was the Cold War? The Cold War was a small war between the US and the Soviet Union. It ended up to be that the Soviet Union ended after this.What specifically in social and cultural life did it impact? It impacted how people bonded and they got closer with different cultures, such as African Americans.
During the years proceeding World War II the United States found itself one of the two most powerful nations in the world. This position placed Americans at odds with their rival country, the Soviet Union, on almost all fronts. These two countries now found themselves locked into a passive conflict not only of military might, but of social and ideological values.
Many people argue that the USA was the pre-eminent superpower throughout the Cold War and since this time the only true global power. While it is seen that the USA was the pre-eminent superpower during this period the USSR’s power cannot be denied. The Cold War is defined as a battle of ideologies with communism and capitalism battling to become the dominating world view.
The Cold War impacted the everyday lives of most American civilians. The fear of communism and “in-house” spies caused lives to be ruined based on weak evidence and unsubstantiated accusations. According to the book (2009), “The war led to a campaign to ensure loyalty on the part of government workers and fostered the broader phenomenon of McCarthyism.” McCarthyism is an exaggerated effort to find communists in nearly every corner of American life (Brands et al., 2009). Many movies portrayed a political aspects that helped spark patriotism, but also raised suspicion of communist activi...
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.
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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
Following World War Two, two distant political governments emerged to dictate the direction the world would take. These two governments consisted of Communism and Democracy which stared untrustingly at each other and staunched economic growth with their excessive military budgets. In the end though, Democracy would prove to be the preferred government archetype for the general population of the world.
The irrational fear of Soviet invasion gripped our country for over 35 years. That fear led to the upper echelons of authority making decisions, which would create a feeling of near hysteria throughout the public. Americans feared that the Soviets were planning some nuclear attacks on the States, and were frightened by the thought that the Soviets might have a lead in the arms race. The words “race” and “gap” came to be used everyday when referring to anything the Soviets created, and Americans felt that the “gap” which kept America on top of the arms “race” needed to remain a “gap”. With our submarines constantly finding new ways to tap into Soviet intelligence, it seemed that America did, in fact, have the upper hand. This could have cause some to feel confidence instead of fear; however, this did not come to be so. The whole nation, from the very head of government to the bottom rungs of society, feared the Soviets. Was this fear justified? What caused such intense fear? This is what this paper will explore. We will use the movie Dr. Strangelove and the book Blind Man’s Bluff to look at why it could have been justified and also at the reasons for why such fear came into being.
The policy of the West during the cold war was to contain the communist states,
The Cold War
Throughout history, conflicts between nations has been
unavoidable. Even many of the smallest countries seem to
need military protection. Few countries however have been
involved in conflicts lasting more than fifty years and
never actually been in a battle verse each other.
The Americans and the Russians had been friends for
James was losing hope. His vision had gone blurry from the throbbing in his knee. He did not have the time to check his leg before, but the pain reminded him to. James looked down to see blood pooling on the floor coming from a barbed arrow in his thigh. One of the minions must have landed a lucky shot on him. James couldn’t give up not with his livelihood at stake. Screams and the clash of weaponry echoed around him, but they seemed distant and he couldn’t make out any of the words. James used his sword as a crutch and began to lift himself as to lean against the nearest wall. As his head peeked over the top of the parapet walls he saw the battlefield splayed before him, but it couldn’t possibly be the same battlefield he commanded moments