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The Cold War: An Inspiration For Years To Come

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The Cold War: An Inspiration for Years to Come
All throughout time and history people have been at war with each other at one point or another. War can, truthfully, at times be inescapable and considered by some historians as a natural instinct, an instinct that every human being possess. Throughout history mighty empires and governments have collapsed due to the damages inflicted on by a war, yet in spite of this, some have managed to face the odds and make it through, staggering along as if nothing happened. War is a true test of an empire or government’s determination to move forward, adapting using the knowledge and intellect they have acquired to their own advantage. Nevertheless, not all wars lead to fighting by physical means but instead it can lead to fighting mentally by opposing sides. One such example would be the non-traditional Cold War fought between the United States and Soviet Union. The Cold War was a time that caused an immense fear in the lives of many, and inspired novels such as 1984 by George Orwell, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, and essays such as “You and the Atomic Bomb” by George Orwell, which are just some of the voices from this terrible time.
According to Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s statement, nuclear warfare caused widespread panic throughout the globe about the possibilities of a nuclear holocaust. He stated, “If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution” (“Biography of Dwight Eisenhower” ). The Cold War was nothing more than a rivalry that developed between the United States and the Soviet Union, at the end of WWII, which played out globally, as they competed for political dominance throughout the world (CrashCourse; Spielvogel 631; Kersey 117). Many people may argue that relations between these two nations had been strained prior to WWII, when the Red Army came out on top in the Russian Revolution of 1917, and established a Communist dictatorship there, officially ending the Russian Empire (Kaufman 762). Many historians, however, agree that the Cold War has its origins during the Yalta Conference when the “Big Three” met to discuss what to do with Germany after its defeat. Moreover, it was agreed upon to divide Germany amongst them and hold democratic elections in the countries freed from Nazi control. In spite of all that had been agreed upon, Joseph Stalin turned his back on the U.S., and the Soviet Union was very keen on keeping the eastern countries under their control (Kaufman 762-763). The U.S. responded to the Soviet’s actions by issuing a policy known as containment; this policy involved stopping the spread of communism by standing up to the Russians wherever they seemed to want to expand (“Cold War”; CrashCourse). The Marshall Plan was another result of the Soviet’s actions, which provided large-scale aid to...

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