The Cold War Essay

Question:

The United States accused the Soviet Union of breaking all its wartime pledges and holding Eastern Europe hostage while trying to subvert governments in the west. The Soviet Union accused the US and its allies of trying surround and ultimately destroy it. War of words? Or was somebody telling the truth? And where do our 'Isms' fit in? In particular nationalism?

Answer:

The United States accused the Soviet Union of breaking all its wartime pledges and holding Eastern Europe hostage while trying to subvert governments in the west. The Soviet Union accused the US and its allies of trying to surround and ultimately destroy the nation. United States and Soviet Union together fought the World War II against the Axis power. Cold war is the war of words where the two bodies did not fight in large scale directly. The reason for cold war was disturbances in economic and political conditions. There is no fixed period of occurrence of cold war. Some historians say that it started just after the World War II ended while others argue that cold war began during October revolution (Davis, 2015).

Western countries especially America strongly believed in communism while Soviet Union was strongly against it. Nationalism was against communism according to Soviet Union. Though this was preached by Soviet Union, they themselves followed communism and claimed that they were ahead in science and other things. Neither America nor Soviet Union countries followed nationalism. With the end of cold war in the 20th century all the ‘isms’ have failed such as communism, fascism and Nazism (Brower & Sanders, 2014). Only the policy of democracy was followed. ‘Isms’ refers to conservatism, fascism, imperialism-capitalism, liberalism, Marxism-Leninism, Maoism, socialism and Stalinism. Nationalism is protecting the entire country and being ready to do anything for the country. The origin of cold war can be backed to ‘isms’.

References

Brower, D. R., & Sanders, T. (2014). The World in the Twentieth Century: From Empires to Nations. Boston, MA: Pearson

Davis, L. E. (2015). The Cold War Begins: Soviet-American Conflict Over East Europe. Princeton University Press.

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