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How The Cold War Helped America

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The Cold War was a war that spanned from the end of WWII in 1945 until 1991 when communism influenced by the Soviet Union collapsed. The casualties and losses of the Vietnam and Korean wars, the two major wars fought indirectly between United States and the Soviet Union during the course of the Cold War, would seem like a disaster for both world superpowers. But in fact it was not. The Cold war brought a period of extreme consuming by the United States especially in the nuclear arms race in order to improve the technologies that helped further evolve the power and influence that could be used with United States technology. Over time, these technologies could be shifted more into our daily lives into electronic chips that can be used in devices such as phones and radio. This time period also encouraged people throughout the United States to spend money in the United States in order for the United States to increase its government’s earnings. Because the United States criticized the Soviet Union and its form of Communism, it had to show how well it treated its own people in order to not to be seen as a hypocrite. Because of this, Jim Crow laws allowing “equal” segregation between whites and blacks were overruled and dropped giving more rights to African Americans. The nuclear arms race and the Cold War resulted in positive economic, technological and social effects for the United States.
The Cold War was triggered because of several causes, these causes came from the competition between the US and Soviet Union during WWII. First off, President Truman of the US at the time had a personal dislike for Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union during WWII.The Soviet Union wanted to spread communism throughout the world, while the us wanted to stop it. A great US dislike was when the Soviet Union started spreading communism through Eastern Europe and was heading towards the West. Also, the acquisition of atomic weapons by the US struck fear through the Soviet Union, causing a nuclear arms race between the two superpowers. A major turning point of the relationship between the US and Soviet Union was when NATO led by the US and the Warsaw Pact led by the Soviet Union were formed. Because of the sheer size of these pacts they would lead to negative and destructive conflicts worldwide such as the Vietnam and Korean Wars. While cultural effects of the Cold War were primarily domestic, political battles between the Soviet Union and the US were mostly fought on an international stage. Politically speaking, the US and Soviet Union were polar opposites at the end of WWII.
NATO had 2.6 million troops, 13,000 tanks and 11,000 artillery units. The Warsaw Pact was a little bigger with 4 million troops, 43,000 tanks and 32,000 artillery units. As you can see from appendix A, NATO was made up of mostly countries in Western Europe, while the countries that were part of the Warsaw Pact were situated in Eastern Europe and under the influence of Soviet communism....

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