Hollywood's Cold War Essay

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It is natural that the significance of events decays with the passage of time, such events remain alive in the history forever for reference of generations ahead. The episodes of events that may be termed as the most significant of the last century is the Cold War that happens to retain any relevancy in modern times. With the death of Soviet union and world turning from bipolar to unipolar shape, the incredible saga of cold war is over but its distressing memories are still alive in the minds of the people around the world as it happened to shape up the destiny of at least a couple of generations in every corner of the world. In particular, the cold war affected every aspect of American life for over 30 years. The foreign policy, political doctrines, economy, education and even the media felt the impact of cold war for a painful amount of time. In that way, the cold war shaped up the lives of entire American nation and they lived a life of uncertainty for more than a quarter century. Before coming back to the subject of impact of cold war on films, it is imperative to understand a brief history of cold war. The origins of the cold war dates back to decade of 1910’s when American felt the scare of communism for the first time. American Skepticism of communism, spearheaded by Soviet Union, as the potential threat to American sponsored ideology of democracy remained consistent for next 20 years and it even aggravated with the usurpation of Josef Stalin's ferocious regime. The apprehensive feelings attributed towards Soviet Union in the mindset of American leadership subsided for a while; rather they took a sharp reversal of policies, as the clouds of Nazi threat appeared on the skies of world politics. With the advent of 2nd world war and German attack to Soviet Union, the America had no other options to shelve their concerns towards red scare and even make an alliance with Soviet Union to face the common foe, the Nazis. 1 Wit the ever anticipated allied victory in the world war, the mutual mistrusts and differences between the two countries, that were temporarily set aside, begun to come to the surface again. There were many reasons behind those conflicts. The most significant of them was the desire of both nations to implant their own brand of political system in the rest of the world, on the basis of their military strength and recent victory in the world war. The main area of focus in this regard was the impending government in Eastern European countries that were badly affected and dismembered in the wake of the war. The other reason was the apprehension of both countries against the military power of the other, especially the capability to prepare and deliver atomic bombs, as was done by America in the case of Japan. The political ideologies of the two countries were so apart that they could have never thought to coexist mutually with peace in the changing circumstances of the world. 2 As I mentioned above, the cold war affected every...

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