Cold War Discussion Response

Cold War Discussion Response - were unsustainable, and...

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Personally, I think it would have been very difficult for the superpowers that emerged after WWII to have avoided a conflict like the Cold War. The Western and Soviet powers (and by extension the capitalist and socialist systems) are polar opposites, and by their very nature strive for the destruction of the opposing system. With the goal of the Socialist revolutions to abolish capitalism all over the world and capitalists trying to push their agenda, these two ideologies were bound to come into conflict. The Cold War started with the US and USSR competing for “spheres of influence” in Europe after WWII (and later the rest of the world), much as they are today. The Cold War became less intense with détente in the 1970s as both sides realized that high levels of animosity
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Unformatted text preview: were unsustainable, and finally came to an end in the early 1990s as the Soviet Union collapsed as a result of internal problems caused by a centrally planned economies inherent inefficiencies. Although “proxy wars” may not have been the ideal way for the superpowers to secure influence around the world, neither side could trust the other to “play fair” so they resorted to the highest level of conflict they could get away with without causing a war between the superpowers. I think its hard to imagine a scenario where NATO and the USSR would come to a peaceful solution that satisfied both sides....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2010 for the course HIST 095 taught by Professor J.moore during the Summer '09 term at Vermont.

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