IRG Reading Response Week 10

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Andrea Pinilla Dr. Anderson IRG 301- 40235 November 5 2014 Reading Response Week 10 The end of the Second World War paved the way for the new era defined by the intense American and Soviet Union rivalry which resulted in the polarization of ideologies and cultures which made transitioning into newly independent states difficult for former colonies as they sought to establish a national identity different from their former colonizers. During the Cold War, the U.S and USSR tried to make non-aligned countries either capitalist or communist respectively. The USSR, for example, tried to take advantage of the decolonization taking place during this period by sending messages of peace and anti-imperialism to appeal to new independent states (Goedde 551). The U.S and USSR’s attempt at cultural conformity marginalized those outside these ideologies who wanted to have their own cultural identity rather
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Unformatted text preview: than the strict dichotomy the U.S and USSR offered. This cultural dilemma was mostly experienced by the former colonies who struggled to gain cultural autonomy from their European colonizers. Some leaders and activists drew upon the négritude movement as a way to use culture as the engine for their independence efforts. While some emphasized their indigenous culture, such as Léopold Sédar Senghor in Africa, others like Aimé Césaire used European cultural products to argue for the independence of African people (Goedde 555). In a time of cultural war between the U.S and USSR, culture became the principal tool used to gain supporters for either side as well as a tool used to combat Western imperialism....
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