The Political And Economic System Of The World

2338 WordsJan 23, 201510 Pages
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 space exploration. A demonstration of success in space would carry implications that the political and economic system of the winner was a superior system and should be emulated. Therefore the United States, lead by President John F. Kennedy, used the Space Race as the final frontier in order to propel themselves into the position of world leaders, creating a united nation as a testament to the legacy Kennedy’s leadership. "That 's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Spoken by Neil Armstrong, these words have been engraved into the American mind representing an age of heightened nationalism and patriotism. Their emotional delivery, their implications, and context make them some of the most famous words ever spoken.
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