The Nuclear War: The Term Effects Of The Cold War

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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 …show more content…
It was even said that, “Americans like much of the world, lived under the threat of nuclear warfare during the tense years of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union” (Henretta 738). The lecture: It’s a M.A.D. World—Eisenhower & the Cold War illustrated the roots of the nuclear fears and described the vast impacts those fears had on society. Homemade bomb shelters built in backyards were very common during the war because of the fear of nuclear attack that was always present. Attack drills were also practiced in schools and other public places. Nuclear fear also spread when the fallout from the atmospheric hydrogen bomb test, named Castle Bravo, fell far beyond the predicted exclusion zone. This resulted in the contamination of a crew of a Japanese fishing vessel known as The Lucky Dragon. Furthermore, we discussed the Three Mile accident and consequence of the news coverage about it, which ultimately broadened and deepened the fear of nuclear power in the U.S. In addition to the examples discussed in the lecture, the 1950s and 1960s saw an epidemic of popular films portrayed the common theme of the Cold War. In particular, Godzilla served as an example of a mutant creature who was awakened by an atomic bomb to rise from the Pacific and take his revenge on modernity and technology. Moreover, Fail-Safe and Dr. Strangelove also served as examples of movies that were packed with the ubiquitous fears of the time such as “the Bomb” and the danger of communist

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