Essay on The Cold War On World War II
25, April 2016
Analytical Paper II
The Cold War had a major influence in international affairs. It was a continuous competition mainly between the United States and the Soviet Union. Arne Westad argues that “the Cold War was a continuation of colonialism through slightly different means” (Westad, 396). I believe this statement is a description of World War II’s colonialism ways transitioning onto another international conflict; the Cold War. The Cold War began as a disagreement between the Soviet Union and America when it came to communism. The Soviet Union was afraid of America’s atomic weapons, as America was afraid of the Soviet Union’s growing army. Soviet Union was pro communism and America was pro capitalism. The U.S. is to blame for the Cold War due to threatening the “communist Soviet Union” in support of our own political systems in my belief. I can conclude this with points made from Westad regarding the Soviet Union’s actions and America’s as well.
The Cold War began as World War II came to an end, as the U.S. and the Soviet Union became competitive “superpowers” in terms of political influence. Back in the days of the Cold War, any current president at the time was determined not to let communism into America. This was their greatest threat through the Cold War. At the end of WWII, the Soviet Union had suffered tremendously and the country was in ruins. Because of this experience, Russia did not want to risk losing the Soviet Union again. They decided…