The Cold War And The Humanitarian Impact Of Nuclear Weapons Essay examples

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All through the Cold War, the United States depended on nuclear weapons to not only avert an attack by the Soviet Union and its allies but also to prevent the eruption of a global war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Cold War rivalry drew the United States into a drawn out engagement with world affairs, unprecedented in the country’s history, that proceeds to the present day. The stakes of the Cold War were perilously high. Nuclear war, which jeopardized the survival of human civilization, in pursuit of political objectives was excessively risky. Even if some humans survived the short-term effects of a nuclear war, it could’ve resulted in the collapse of civilization. This essay will examine the popular perceptions of the Cold War and the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. First, I will analyze the depictions of the culture and politics of the Cold War in two iconic films set in and during the Cold War era. Next, I will relate the subject matter portrayed in the films to course material (concepts and readings). Finally, I will explore how nuclear weapons have been addressed in popular culture over time and examine the effects of the nuclear arms race on Cold War politics. In the years following World War II, American popular culture reflected the concerns that emerged between the United States and the USSR. Sidney Lumet 's Failsafe (1964) and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964), both Cold War movie classics, focus on the issue of nuclear war as a…

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