Henry Kissinger is a former United States Secretary of State who served under the Nixon and Ford administrations. While his approach to foreign affairs have been controversial to some, regardless of one’s opinion of his policies, one cannot deny that he is one of the most prominent and influential statesmen of the Cold War. After Jimmy Carter took office in 1976, Kissinger left and took on a more consolatory role in foreign affairs. Since then, he has written a few books, the latest being World Order, from which this Wall Street Journal article is adapted. His premise is that the world order forged during the Cold War and its immediate aftermath is starting to fall apart.
The transition of power in China changed the dynamics of post-World War II relations. For the United States, the so-called “Loss of China” was a a catastrophe, not only because the US supported Chiang Kai-shek in the last few years, but also because it seems to be a victory for the Soviet Union and the global Communism. For China, in 1949 started for the first time in its history the possibility to build foreign relations without being “suppressed by unequal treaties” by western powers. But China‘s relations to other countries remained very complicated and complex. With the Soviet Union, China had found an ideological partnership which changed in the following decades into rivalry.
One of the important accomplishments during his presidency was the Truman Doctrine. At the end of WWII, Russia was coercing European countries to fall under its sphere of influence, communism. Before and during the war, the British had been moderating this force, but after WWII Britain’s strength and affluence significantly declined. As a result of this, President Truman decided the US needed to
The sixties was a time of conflict, violence, and growth that but was also a pivotal time in the United state’s History and can teach us a lot today about how. From war, politics, pop-culture, and revolutions this documentary covered 1960 the good and the bad. The Sixties was a time full of conflict that changed and shaped our nation. From the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights Movement the sixties was a time of full conflict and violence. This cultural, institutional, and violence on the interpersonal level relieve a deep need for peace in the United States then and today.
Johnson, laid out his plans for a "Great Society". From there he sat in motion his Great Society, the largest social reform plan in modern history (History.com Staff, “Great Society”). The Great Society hoped to achieve many things and above all, the Great Society had the largest impact on Poverty, Civil Rights, and Education. One of Johnson’s big plans was the War on Poverty. During a special message to Congress by Johnson in March 1964, he had introduced the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Economic Opportunity Act.
The solutions to those problems were the Cold War, the arms race, and the nuclear deterrent and the effects of those solutions were the large amounts of money used to create more war-related supplies, rebuild Europe’s economy, and stop the Soviet Union’s communist government from spreading. The problems of the Cold War from 1945 to 1960 were the lack of trust in the Soviet Union from the United States and the differing opinions and ideas about government and economy. Firstly, the distrust in the Soviet Union goes back in World War I when the Soviet Union pulled out of the war, allowing the German troops to cross over to fight American, British, and French soldiers. The doubt continued when Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union at the time, mass murdered around 20 million people during the 1930s and when the Soviet Union signed a peace treaty with Germany and obtained control of the Baltic states. Secondly, while the United States believed in capitalism and democracy,
Onset of the Cold War: Clash of Ideologies The Cold War is an important milestone in the world’s history; for almost 45 years it divided the world into two antipodal camps: the West-bloc headed by the USA and the Soviet-bloc led by the USSR. While its timeframe has been more or less agreed on, its origins are still a disputable matter (cf. Cox 26-27). Naturally, the difficulty in assessment and interpretation of possible factors – political, economic, military and ideological – originates in the extreme complexity of the issue: as an international affair, the Cold War, in this or that sense, influenced the whole world. Taking into account the above-mentioned complexity of the case, this assignment focuses only on one issue: the interdependence
The spread of communist ideals was the main cause of The Cold War; the political and economical differences between the Soviet Union and the United States of America created high tension between such countries. As a capitalist country, United States wanted to promote democracy and free markets, while communist USSR wanted to make sure that the communist ideals spread all over the world. After World War II ended, the Soviets created a sphere of influence in which they established communist governments in several other countries. This angered and worried a lot the United States so they created the Containment policy and formed NATO to try to stop the spread of Communism. In return, the USSR formed the Warsaw Pact to formalize military relations with its allies and spread communism in third-world countries.
A quarter of a century since the Berlin Wall was brought down. Its destruction was a massive victory for the Western superpowers. Their American-esque style of governance had finally prevailed over the cruelties of the regime imposed upon tens of millions in Germany and most of Eastern Europe. In the words of Ronald Reagan (former American President and instigator of the Wall’s destruction), the “Government 's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” a direct jibe at Communism. Hence, it was a great surprise that such a well-known repugnance between the USA and the USSR yielded such an unexpected compromise.
Without forming alliance or joint venture they are nowhere close to United States despite of decade’s long efforts. After the end of Cold War and the fall of Soviet Union in 1990’s United States has emerged as a sole superpower. And United States blocks any state from appearing and being able to compete with its super power status. Washington fears of Sino-Russian strategic partnership as it will threaten its sphere of influence and will go global. The United States has nearly always supported the opponents of China and Russia.