Communism, espionage, and the cold war 1 introduction i approach and rationale c ommunism, espionage, and the cold war is one of a collection of over seventy units that the na- tional center for history in the schools (nchs) has developed for teaching with primary sources. The cold war was a uniquely dangerous period in human history vast ideological differences, large standing armies and nuclear weapons on hair triggers meant the end of civilization was an ever. Class description during the 1950s television emerged as the most powerful mass medium since the invention of the printing press at this time, america was gripped with fear and anxiety about the possibilities of war and nuclear threat, and television reflected this paranoia. The cold war began when america in the 1950’s was recovering from the wwii expenditure and was faced off with russia in stalemate over berlin this standoff around a walled city caused major fears of wwiii and or planetary annihilation in an atomic or nuclear war.
In fact, the united states had enjoyed an extended period of economic expansion during the war, and following the war the us economy continued with great strength for more than a decade 1 life in america, consequently, was arguably better than it had ever been the middle class had swelled, unemployment rates were some of the lowest in. The cold war has affected international relations in different ways first and for most the cold war divided the world in to three distinct camps, the nato camp, the warsaw camp, and the nonaligned the first two camps were armed with nuclear weapons. Fear of a communist overthrow plagued the us during the cold war immediately after world war ii, and for the next four decades, two political ideologies -- soviet communism and american capitalism -- vied for supremacy and influence on the global stage. Tainment strategy he had helped conceive and the cold war that america had come to wage it wasn’t that he thought the original in most places, most of the time, during the cold war9 for students of decisionmaking, international history can have america’s cold war 6 america’s cold war and.
After world war ii, the united states and its allies, and the soviet union and its satellite states began a decades-long struggle for supremacy known as the cold war soldiers of the soviet union and the united states did not do battle directly during the cold war but the two superpowers. The war affected america so much that it lead to a fear of livelihood precisely when joseph mccarthy began his “witch hunt” the cold war lead to an enlarged fear of nuclear war as well, it affected many of the domestic policies. Central to the cold war on the american homefront was the fear that communist spies were trying to destroy the country from within this fear rose to a fever pitch between 1947 and 1957 during what is known as the red scare or the great fear. The fear of communism infiltration in the us government, entertainment industry and other organizations affected american politics, culture, and even daily life, particularly in the early years of the cold war. Us involvement in latin american affairs during the cold war period was extraordinarily deep and, according to most scholars, generally malicious successive administrations in washington involved themselves in the domestic affairs of every latin american state, attempting either to strengthen.
Cold war tensions and paranoia were underpinned by the fear of nuclear war a nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its power from nuclear reactions called fission or fusion these weapons are capable of enormous destructive power, thousands of times greater than that of conventional. During the cold war, america's basic policy was that of containment of the soviet union the policy of containment was based upon several principles first, the soviet union wanted to spread socialism to all areas of the world. Eisenhower's best efforts at addressing cold war fears came through economic and cultural areas the united states enjoyed prosperity during his administration and life was good for many americans. Paranoia was common during the cold war – the natural offspring of propaganda, ignorance, fear and secrecy find out how a 40-year stand-off between superpowers put the us on edge the new steven.
The cold war began after world war two the main enemies were the united states and the soviet union the cold war got its name because both sides were afraid of fighting each other directly. The cold war at home not only did the cold war shape us foreign policy, it also had a profound effect on domestic affairs americans had long feared radical subversion, and during the red scare of 1919-1920, the government had attempted to remove perceived threats to american society. While fear of communism was common in the 1920s, the cold war with the ussr solidified america's collective distrust and fear of communism aspects of communism seem to be at odds with the constitution.
The cold war study guide by nicolas_j includes 24 questions covering vocabulary, terms and more quizlet flashcards, activities and games help you improve your grades. Americans were afraid that the soviets would take over the us and take away their freedoms president harry truman established a policy of “containment” towards the soviet union the idea was not to fight a war with the soviets, but rather to keep them from extending their existing boundaries. Despite the fear of impending doom, during the cold war, one of the main fears an american had was being accused of being an communist the “red scare” was a real government task that made americans fear losing their jobs and becoming enemies of the state. Actually, to react to communism is based upon the fact that ussr is a great power,the fear of communism is originated from the fear of conflict between two great powersand maybe you are not an idealist,but such a point of view is somewhat a idealist approach to understand the cold war.