World War II : The Great People 's War

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World War II (The Great People’s War) was of deep importance to the formation of today’s international relations system, however the following periods after this war between the greatest powers in the world are also of great significance. The analysis of those periods and their impact on world history will be the first approach of this assessment. It is important to clarify that these periods cannot be annualized as isolated events that happened in History, but related events that in a way or another influenced each other. After the World War II, the world was divided, and two superpowers emerged and commenced the impulse of two ideologies completely different from each other, on one hand United States promoting capitalist democracy and on…show more content…
It was a period of fear and hostility that involved new foreign policies and that shaped the relations between the nations as we know them now, wars between the superpowers’ allies such as the Korean War and the Vietnam War, also it marked the beginning of the nuclear arms race. It was this constant fear that United States had about the expansion of communism what caused the implementation of a new foreign policy called Containment, under the policy of containment adopted in the late 1940s “United States sought to halt the global expansion of Soviet influence on several levels- military, political, ideological and economic” (International Relations Brief Seventh Edition, page 25). The primary implementation of this policy, was in the application of Truman Doctrine in 1947. The establishment of US military bases all over the world and network relationships with other nations that included: economic and military assistance, were the main means used by United States in order to contain Soviet expansion to the West. It was a war of ideas that expanded throughout the military area, one example that demonstrates the impact of this policy was: the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the policy of containment was applied by John F. Kennedy in 1962, after the rising fear of Soviet nuclear missiles that were stablished in Cuba. After months of debate, United States and the Soviet Union agreed that the Soviets will
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