Contemporary History: The United States And The Cold War

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, contemporary is defined as the characteristics of the present period. As for contemporary world history, it is defined as the events, development, and ideas that came to be from 1945 to the present. Contemporary history is dominated by the Cold War that occurred between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the effects it had upon the rest of the world. The Cold War was never fought directly between the US and USSR, but mostly through proxy wars, wars that were instigated by other powers, and through interventions of other nation’s politics. In general, the Cold War resulted in the instantaneous dissolution of the USSR, the establishment of many new nations, advances in technology, and…show more content…
The United States believed in democracy and capitalism while the communist believed in a totalitarian system of government. This means that the communist party believed in shared wealth; farms and businesses were collectively owned and wealth was equally divided. Communist saw their ideas and plans for society as a utopia because they believed communism had the best interest for the working-class. At this point, the world was split into three sections- the First World (the United States and its allies), the Second World (USSR) and the Third World (the underdeveloped nations). The First World and the Second World fought the long prolong war to influence the Third World. This is the reason the rise of communism is a significant event to summarize contemporary world history; communism became a strong international movement that rapidly spread across the world. Communism could be found in Eastern Europe (Poland and Berlin), in Asia (China), and even in Latin America…show more content…
He demanded that they dismantle the bases immediately and remove all missiles from Cuba. At first, the USSR moved forward with their plan to place missiles in Cuba, stating that the blockade of Cuba was an “act of aggression.” Eventually, the Soviets gave in, dismantling the bases to avoid nuclear warfare. The Cuban Missile Crisis has such a significant influence in contemporary history for a couple of reasons. First, it was the closest the world has ever been to nuclear warfare, which would have been the beginning of the end. Second, it was yet another event that proved that communism was strong and on the rise. Fortunately, by 1989, communism began to fade away in Eastern Europe, eventually being replaced by non-communist governments. By 1991, the USSR was no longer a superpower or even a nation. Just like that, the Cold War and communism in Eastern Europe came to an end.
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