Essay on The Cold War And The Soviet War
After the conclusion of the second world war, the US and the USSR stood at a tense stalemate. This period between 1945 and 1991 is commonly referred to as the Cold War. During the Cold War, the American economic ideology of Capitalism clashed with the Russian Communism. Although this period is called the Cold War. No bullets were fired. No blood was shed. Instead, the Cold War Was fought using technological innovations. These advancements stood to symbolize the respective power of each nation, and these new and innovative technologies had profound effects upon history and the world as we know it today (Nelson).
The Cold War led catalyzed the development of virtually all space related technologies. In the wake of world war two, atomic technology, both literally and metaphorically, exploded. By the mid 1950’s, both the US and the USSR had developed nuclear weapons. However, neither country had the missile technology to launch such a bomb without the use of an aircraft, which could be shot down before reaching its target (Nelson). This led the two nations to race to develop ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles). The USSR and US launched satellites and other spacecrafts to display their advanced technology to the public. The first satellite to reach space was the Soviet Sputnik 1 spacecraft, a metallic sphere containing minimal instrumentation launched on the head of an A-1 rocket, on January 4th, 1958. This spacecraft was masterfully…