Cold War

Cold War - The era of the 1950s in the United States was a...

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The era of the 1950s in the United States was a period of marked change in social, cultural, and technological factors. While many individuals hearken back to the decade, recalling it as one of prosperity, a deeper analysis of the period is necessary for a complete understanding. The primary peculiarity of the 1950s, the first full decade following World War II, saw the most heightened stages of the Cold War waged between the western ideals of capitalism trumpeted primarily by the United States and those of communism from the Soviet Union. Birthed from the Cold War came some of the most important current features of the United States. This complexity surrounding the 1950s makes the era an interesting one as it highlights one of the tensest periods in US history and yet also the time from which the advancements we currently enjoy came about. As such, the 1950s can be regarded as both a positive time of optimism and prosperity and a negative time of hopelessness and rising uncertainty. After the end of the Second World War in 1945, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union began to escalate in the years following 1947. On into the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 5 taught by Professor Richard during the Winter '06 term at UCSD.

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