The Legacy of the Cold War

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The legacy of the cold war and the struggle between the USSR and the United States continued to flourish in large portions in developing countries. The two world powers had different ideologies and were in a battle for supremacy. The Cold War pitted an American led alliance against the Soviet Union divided the economical and political world into two major blocs. The cold war involved a contest of ideologies that intensified after the two great powers, America and the Soviet Union started competing for friendship from dozens of new sovereign states that had previously been colonial powers. The super powers really hunted to recruit the newly emerging nations to their side and, way of life. Each super power sought to convince the rest of the …show more content…
The global competition between the Soviet bloc and the US bloc helped in training and providing arms and other assistance in order to help them stop the spread of communism. With the graining they got from the USSR, Egypt was able to fight for the repossession of the Suez Canal and also for their own independence so as to protect their natural resources.
In addition, the rivalry between the two super powers played out in most parts of developing countries in Africa an example is Angola which is in the Sub Saharan Africa. Angola became a battle ground for the two super powers. As the USSR and Cuba were busy arming and supporting the Angola government, the United States and South Africa were supporting the UNITA rebels. The superpowers in most cases supported the newly developed countries economically and in military and this exacerbated the civil war that rose up in the continent. Through military support and training they got from the two super powers, the newly developing countries were able to fight for their independence and freed themselves from their rule.
The Cold War facilitated the independence of the Philippine Islands. The US granted the Philippines independence in 1946 by giving them military aid and training. Through the military training, the Philippines were able to fight for their independence and overthrow dictatorship.

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