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Unformatted text preview: The Cold War was a global competition between the United States and the Soviet Union for the hearts and minds of the people of the Third World. Many Third World leaders were nationalists that sought help where they could find it, but some found the road to independence was a dead end. Members of the Third World saw themselves as caught between communism and capitalism; not really committed to either. Much of the Cold War had to do with the United States and the Soviet Union trying to woo different nations to capitalism or communism and into their grasp of influence. The Cold War was a continuation of colonialism through different means; it centered on control and power in ideological terms. Death was promised to those who go in the way of progress while supporters received modernity. After the war China had become fed up with the ideologies of the two powers, and decided to detach as allies (Reilly). The United States and the Soviet Union were allies during World War II. At times things were strained between the superpower but they cooperated and made many successful agreements on the peace that followed. Overtime the Cold War developed due to the agreements about postwar Europe and in the debates of the new international organizations. The Cold War was also fueled due to the ideological differences and antagonisms that festered prior to the war. During the first half of the century U.S. troops fought against communist Latin American regimes, while the Soviets never forgot about Western efforts set out to reverse the Russian Revolution of 1917. The soviets never imagined that the United States capitalist system would outlast their sot system (Reilly). Although there was strife, there was a time that the two had been allies and come together to become a world superpower after World War II. Both countries had hoped to build a new world in which they would play a dominant role. They both agreed upon imperialism and encouraged the emergence of new independent nations from the ashes of colonialism. However, neither power wanted the new nation to ally with the other, which caused an uneasy...
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course HST 150 taught by Professor Fisher during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '11