Paul Michael C. Adams: From Serenity To Malicious?

1109 Words 5 Pages
From Serenity to Malicious
World War II is considered a focal event of the twentieth century. It involved all six major continents, all three of the vast oceans on the planet, scores of countries, and billions of people. It caused the redrawing of national boundaries in Europe and Asia, necessitated the relocation of many ethnic groups, made millions of families displaced, and led to the virtual annihilation of the Jewish population of Europe. Furthermore, it was also America 's most influential twentieth-century war. It induced profound social, political and developmental changes inside the United States, and had a great impact on how Americans consider their place and their nation 's status in the global community. This world clash with the
…show more content…
This can be adequately explained through the assessment of writer and historian Paul Michael C.C. Adams in his article “The `Good War ' Myth and the Cult of Nostalgia”, he states that: “Americans had many reasons to feel positively about their participation in World War II. They were relatively united in a good cause: ending Nazism, Fascism, and Japanese Imperialism. Americans became spected as liberators, and the United States achieved clear leadership of the "free world" at a comparatively light cost. About 300,000 Americans died, and a further one million were wounded. Tragic enough, but little compared to the toll for other post-war powers” (Adams 69). Resulting in two super powers with opposing ideology and diverse policies after the Second World War the world became bipolar. On one side there was the United States and on the other hand the Soviet Union, both of different strategies, ideologies and both with different long time objectives. All things considered, the Cold War was inevitable because the tensions and conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union heightened out of control, with the only resolution being in a state of political resentment characterized by threats, propaganda and other means of both clandestine …show more content…
Did thermonuclear weapons cause the Cold War? Did they provide its fair share to its intensification? Did they help to keep the Cold War containable?” We should also ask how Cold War molded the advancements in harnessing atomic energy. Was the nuclear arms race a product of Cold War tension rather than its reason? Driven by the concern of a German nuclear weapon three countries decided to build the atomic bomb: the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union. For an extraordinary display of its military and scientific accomplishments, United States plan to use the two atomic bombs against Japan. Even though the decision to use the atomic bomb has been a matter of considerable disagreement President Truman used the bombs to bring Japan to its knees and end the world war. However, the consequence of that decision led the nation to a state of political and military tension between the Soviet Union. For example, Zinn points out that,” By 1962, based on a series of invented scares about Soviet military build-ups, a false "bomber gap" and a false "missile gap," the United States had overwhelming nuclear superiority. It had the equivalent, in nuclear weapons, of 1,500 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs, far more than enough to destroy every major city in the world-the equivalent, in fact, of 10 tons of TNT for every man, woman,

Related Documents