Cold War Argumentative Essay

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After the end of World War II, the world was in a state of recovery. Two countries, however, remained at war with each other. Not a war like that of the World Wars, but instead a war in which both sides remained idling, ready to attack if necessary. This was known as the Cold War and it was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union. It is said that the conflict between these two superpowers stemmed from how the recovery after WWII should proceed, as both countries had very different ideas in mind. The United States, for example, believed that the world should adopt a policy of democratic relations, in which all countries worked together to insure self-determination between countries. The Soviet Union, on the other hand, believed…show more content…
The most obvious consequence is the loss of life, of which was witnessed during the Korean War. However, another consequence was the use of nuclear weaponry as a way of intimidation. The legacy of mutally assured destruction is still present in today 's world (although no countries are at war because of it) and it includes multiple other countries. If one country so willed it, the world could be plunged into nuclear war in an instant. The benefits, however, far outweigh the consequences. One of the biggest accomplishments of the Cold War was the Space Race, of which both the United States and the Soviet Union were in competition to see who could make it to outer space first. The Soviet Union was the first to launch a satellite, known as Sputnick, in 1957. According to Charles Douglas Jackson, "The successful launching of the Soviet satellite is an overwhleming important event - against us" (pg. 243). This event lead to the U.S. launching their own satellite, known as Explorer I, in 1958 as well as being the first country to send a man into space in 1961. The establishment of NASA in 1958 is arguably the biggest legacy left behind from this time, as it is the biggest and most funded space agency in the world today, but the accomplishment of sending the first man to the moon on July 20th, 1969. The captivation of the world and the legacy of space

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