The Soviet Union And The United States Essay

1161 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
The second half of the 20th Century has no analog in recorded history. The Soviet Union and the United States emerged from WWII as the two dominant powers in the world. Children of the war grew up under the specter of imminent nuclear holocaust at any moment.
The harsh conditions for the average citizen living under Soviet rule are well-documented, so it was easy for American propaganda to point over to their Red counterpart and say, “I mean, look how great we are compared to those guys, right? We have Coke and Pepsi, they’ve got bread lines and single ply toilet paper, for fuck’s sake.”
The U.S. and U.S.S.R. waged their proxy wars in Asia, Central & South America, parts of Africa, and Europe. There were tense stand-offs in a then-divided Berlin, one government that supported one side would be overthrown and another in support of the other side would be installed, sometimes a country’s leader would be assassinated or deposed merely for having the audacity to put the interests of their own country over the interests of the two horny superpowers.
Mohammad Mossaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1952, a champion of secular democracy in Iran, resisted the influence of meddlesome western powers. Essentially, it comes down to this, after World War I, there was the Sykes-Picot Treaty, which divided the former-Ottoman Empire (the Middle East and Asia Minor) up among the victorious European powers—primarily the French, British, and to a lesser extent, Russia. Do you ever…

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