The Political And Economic System Of The World

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In the wake of WWII, peace was the main goal sought out by the entirety of the world. However as the twentieth century hit its halfway mark, the conflicting ideals of two countries dragged the world into a tense struggle for power and international identity yet again. The United States of America (USA) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), were now in a competition to sway the rest of the world’s unaffiliated nations. This political, ideological, scientific and military effort would ultimately determine the winner’s role in global affairs from that point on and the loser would experience reduced ability to exert hegemony in developing regions of the world. One notable tool each nation used was their progress in the field of…show more content…
Popular reminiscences highlight the zeal and motivation of the American body, often ignoring or dismissing the Soviet side; perhaps demonstrating the truth of winners writing history. Although as one looks back on the event its made obvious that instead of blatant fact in which the American’s had the upper hand, the moon landing was the result of the culmination of actions and reactions from both American and Soviet. Many "facts" were missing. Thus the only reliable sources of information came from propaganda and rumours. Though there was plenty written about it at that time, the Soviets maintained a very strict hand over the information, especially any that may have portrayed their country in a negative light. Consequently neither the Western powers nor even the Soviet public could really address the issues going on. Because the basic U.S. policy to a larger degree was generally a series of responses to what the Soviets were doing (or what they thought the Soviets were doing), much of the motivation for the U.S. space program was ironically fueled by the propaganda of the Russian success. Similarly in the 1950s and 1960s, U,S. space policy to a large degree was a series of responses to what the Soviets were doing or at least what policymakers thought the Soviets were doing. But despite its key role in shaping American space policy, there continues to
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