The Era Of The Cold War Essay

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The era of the Cold War was a time of military and political tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. These two parties fought together as allies against the Axis powers, but this was a very tense partnerships. The U.S. had always been fearful of the spread of Soviet communism and Stalin’s harsh rule of his own country. The Soviets also had a distaste toward the U.S. because of their late entrance into World War II, which resulted in the deaths of millions of Russian soldiers and citizens, and the Americans’ refusal to treat the USSR as a part of the international community. After the end of WWII, the mutual dislike turned into full blown hatred and fear. The Americans feared the Soviet would try to control the world because …show more content…
Both the United States and the Soviet Union had nuclear weapons trained on each other. In the United States, while under this constant state of fear, children were taught to hide under desks in school and practice “duck and cover” exercises and air aid drills. Also, nuclear warning sirens warned surrounding cities of impending attacks, citizens built their own bomb shelters on their lands in secret and television programs were interrupted quite frequently by tests of Emergency Broadcast System to remind viewers where to go in the event of an actual emergency. (Turner). Secrecy was very important to families while building backyard bomb shelters because, in the event of an actual nuclear bombing, the families packed nonperishable items for their families only. There wouldn’t be enough for neighbors who couldn’t make it to shelters in time. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, the threat of nuclear conflict has declined …show more content…
The average war today kills 90 percent less people than any war or conflict in the 1950s and prior. Since 1946, the absolute number of war deaths has been declining steadily. Post-Cold War, around half a million people died in most wars. Recently, the number has gone down to just over 22 thousand. (Roser 2015). Also, the number of wars were increasing until the end of the cold war and the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Since then, the number of large wars has drastically decreases. (Roser 2015). Actually, the world has not seen such a major power conflict in more than 60 years, which is considered the longest period of constant peace in

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