The Cold War: An Inspiration for Years to Come

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The Cold War: An Inspiration for Years to Come All throughout time and history people have been at war with each other at one point or another. War can, truthfully, at times be inescapable and considered by some historians as a natural instinct, an instinct that every human being possess. Throughout history mighty empires and governments have collapsed due to the damages inflicted on by a war, yet in spite of this, some have managed to face the odds and make it through, staggering along as if nothing happened. War is a true test of an empire or government’s determination to move forward, adapting using the knowledge and intellect they have acquired to their own advantage. Nevertheless, not all wars lead to fighting by physical means but…show more content…
and U.S.S.R. (CrashCourse; Spielvogel 631-635). The countries of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, and Iceland fearing an attack from the Soviet Union, signed a treaty with the U.S. and Canada forming NATO agreeing to help each other if any one of them was attacked (Spielvogel 634). The Soviet Union responded by joining in an alliance with Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania which became known as the Warsaw Pact (Spielvogel 634). These alliances led to the United States involvement numerous wars that were yet to come (Spielvogel 635). In Asia, China had fallen to Communism which came as shocker to many American (Appleby et al. 787). This fear of Communist expansion led to the United States intervention in the Korea and Vietnam Wars (“Cold War”). “U.S. policy makers saw the Vietnam War in terms of a domino theory. If Communists succeeded in South Vietnam… other countries in Asia would fall like dominoes to Communism” (Spielvogel 636). The United States failure to stop Vietnam from becoming communism showed the extent of its power (Appleby et al. 787). “The threat of nuclear annihilation had a great impact on American domestic life…People built bomb shelters … practiced attack drills…In these and other ways, the
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