Essay about Understanding the Marshal Plan

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The date is September 2nd, 1945, the year in which The Empire of Japan surrendered thus ending a war in which fifty to seventy million people died, that being World War II. But the surrender of Japan not only meant the ending of the worst war in human history, it also meant the beginning of a new type of war, a war of deterrence in which two new superpowers, The United States of America and The Soviet Union would partake in. This new type of war, The Cold War, would test how strong the ideological stances of these two nations could withstand each other. It would also test how each of these nations could persuade other countries to follow their ideals. The United States believed in the ideals of capitalism. A system of government that is …show more content…
The date is September 2nd, 1945, the year in which The Empire of Japan surrendered thus ending a war in which fifty to seventy million people died, that being World War II. But the surrender of Japan not only meant the ending of the worst war in human history, it also meant the beginning of a new type of war, a war of deterrence in which two new superpowers, The United States of America and The Soviet Union would partake in. This new type of war, The Cold War, would test how strong the ideological stances of these two nations could withstand each other. It would also test how each of these nations could persuade other countries to follow their ideals. The United States believed in the ideals of capitalism. A system of government that is democratic, which allows its people to privately own property. Capitalism allows the markets within a country to be driven by free enterprise which in turn allows for class distinctions. The Soviet Union however, believed in a society in which the state was ruled by communism. Under this system, a state’s government is totalitarian, which means that all property is owned by the state, and all lands such as agricultural lands are managed by the state as well. Also instead of free enterprise driving the economy; the government would have central control of the economy. Wealth is also distributed equally and everyone is considered equal. With the advancement of their economies and beliefs in mind, these two new superpowers would now begin a game
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