U.s. Policy : Post Wwii American History Essay

1500 Words Dec 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Beneath the surface of everyday America life, a shadowy entity directs the tides of society. One tends to hear of its work only in extraordinary times, yet its world of percentage points and obscure terms never sleeps, keeping many Americans awake at night along with it. One might even claim it is the very heart of America. The pulse it generates fuels not only the nation’s present dreams, but accounts for much of its past wisdom and future hopes as well. This entity is none other than the U.S. economy. In the decades following WWII, America experienced substantial social change, political scandals, and a seemingly endless stream of war. While there is rarely a single “cause” for any event in history, the economy had an extremely potent influence on all these aspects of American life and more. This paper will argue that post-WWII American history is closely tied to economic events, and that the study of this dimension of U.S. policy reveals deep and essential insights into the nation’s broader motives and their consequences. Before examining the postwar years, it is important to look at the history and economic developments surrounding the war years of 1939-1945. The economics behind WWII incubated domestic trends that would become critical to postwar history. This importance starts from the way in which the war was funded. To keep its men supplied and war machine fueled, America, along with the rest of the world, had to stretch the limits of its national budget and…

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