Cold War

Topics: Cold War, World War II / Pages: 8 (1948 words) / Published: May 16th, 2013
The Cold War was a period of hostility, fear, and tension between the United States and the Soviet Union from the end of the 1940s to late 1980s. Like what Winston Churchill said, the world has been divided by the “Iron Curtain” during the Cold War between the Communists and the capitalists. It was called the Cold War because it was only a psychological warfare with no active wars between the two nations, which were due to the fear of nuclear arms. The result of the Cold War affected the world tremendously. It lead the USSR to ultimate destruction and bankruptcy but it also made America the number one super power in the world. The Cold War influenced nearly all aspects of America through technology, culture, and media. Military based technology development was the key for both countries during the Cold War. Whether it was the Nuclear Race, or the Space Race, both were the keys to success. The Nuclear arms race was a competition for supremacy of the world during the cold war between the two nations along with their allies. Both America and Russia massively built up their stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Some of the most important weapons and plans that are still in use today were developed like the ABM (antiballistic Missile), MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction), and SAM (Surface-to-Air Missile). These massive inventions and productions of weaponry are what formed America’s military forces today. When America exploded the H-Bomb in 1952, the world changed greatly. The H-Bomb was invented and developed by Edward Teller; it was the changing point in technology for America. The bomb was smaller than the Atomic Bombs launched in Japan but 2500 times more powerful and when Russia produced an H-bomb in 1953, it brought the world fear and chaos. It was due to the arms race, NATO and the Warsaw Pact was formed. Even though the Warsaw Pact was formally dissolved July 1st, 1991, NATO is still very active today. One very dramatic moment during the time was the Cuba Missile

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