The movie Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb and the novel “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” written by John Le Carre, Both take place during the cold war era. The movie and novel share multiple similarities and many differences. The novel tells a story of a spy that gives information away and finds himself in danger. The movie depicts politicians and members of the United States army trying to resolve a mishap that ends up putting the world into a nuclear holocaust. Both the movie and the novel deal with ethical dilemmas of the superpower struggle.
Atoms for Peace” is a speech delivered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on December 8, 1945. Eisenhower created the speech from the fear of the rapid development of nuclear weapons after World War II and his fear that it was leading the world to destruction. His goal of the speech was to influence the American people to accept steps towards arms control because he felt it was essential that they were told the true magnitude of the destructive power that had been developed in nuclear weapons. In his speech, “Atoms for Peace” Eisenhower combined warning with a hopeful plan for turning atomic energy into a benefit to mankind. During this speech, he makes clear use of ethos, pathos, and
The creation of their own nuclear arsenal allowed Russia to have more leverage when it came to negotiations with the US. This shift started the arms race between the US and Soviet union because previously the US had the only nuclear weapons in the world. This arms race ultimately ended with the Tsar Bomba being detonated as the last show of power from the Soviets. This started the idea of mutually assured destruction and prevented the US from dropping more atomic bombs on other countries. Without the infiltration of spies and KGB operatives in the US manhattan project the speed with which nuclear weapons were made couldn't have been achieved by the Soviet Union.
In response to the Marshall Plan, Stalin began really enforcing whatever power he had, “Stalin fell into the trap the Marshall plan laid for him, which was to build the wall that would divide Europe” (32). Stalin’s reaction to the Marshall Plan demonstrated a shift in U.S. policy towards the containment of Soviet influence and gave way to Truman’s approval of NSC-68. The document was essentially an outline of American strategy in response to communism, it greatly increased the defense budget, and to more broadly define it, it allowed America to take “any measures, overt or cover, violent or non-violent” to advance our cause in the Cold War without “jeopardizing the integrity of our system” (170). This eventually gave purpose to the Vietnam War, but conclusively, Truman’s contributions were
Explain how the end of World War II contributed to the rise of Cold War tensions by doing the following: 1. Discuss the effect of the arms race on the rise of Cold War tensions. The nuclear arms race was directly correlated with rising tensions during the cold war. After one nation made an advancement the other would quickly counter with something combatable. To further the illustration, the Soviet Union learned Eisenhower was beginning to stockpile weapons leading the development of the Soviet Union own H-Bomb.
The U.S and Russia were never friends just simply war allies working against a common foe. Following WWII the U.S and Russia sought to spread their government influence of capitalism and communism with the world. With differences in ideas the U.S feared that communism would take over the world and it was their job to allow each nation the freedom to be govern by the people. The cold war was never a direct war but more of a series of proxy wars. The countries never declared war on one another but rather contained the expansion of each other’s influences.
Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon is a work that vividly displays American society’s fears during The Cold War. In the story, many Russian nuclear weapons destroy major American cities. The protagonist, Randy Bragg, is fortunate to have been out of the blast zone during detonation. However, over the course of the novel, Randy must change for his friends, family and his own life. Randy shows physical and mental hardening throughout the novel Alas, Babylon.
Eisenhower believed that focusing on a military during the Cold War could escalate the nuclear arms race to an all-out nuclear war, but JFK thought America 's Cold War strategy needed to be remilitarized. This is similar to when Clinton refused to authorize missions to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, but when Bush is elected, he declares War on Terror while expands the size and authority of all national security organizations Inside the U.s government. Keck also mentions Obama’s efforts , “Obama, like Eisenhower, quickly began prosecuting the war against al-Qaeda largely by relying heavily on America’s technological advantages and more aggressive covert operations run largely by the CIA…the Obama administration is worried that it(the strategy)will eventually face blowback from its actions and therefore hopes to rein itself in. This is prudent strategy, but it remains to be seen whether this attempt will succeed or, like the U.S. during the 1960s, Washington will unnecessarily re-escalate its campaign again.” Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Obama’s efforts against the War on Terror reflect the efforts put forth by Harry
At this point of the war, the US and Allied Forces were living in fear of the brutal battles against them by the Axis Forces; Germany, Japan, and Italy (“ Unlocking the Mysteries of J. Robert Oppenheimer Transcript”). Oppenheimer created the atomic bomb using nuclear fusion, and he became the scientist who created the first atomic
Some historians believe the Cold War was inevitable because of the hostilities from both America and the Soviet Union after World War II. America believed that the USSR was an expansionist country trying to spread an evil, communistic idea throughout the world. Although the countries never directly fought against each other, as they only fought in proxy wars, there was still extreme conflict. The United States responded to the Soviets actions in Germany, Europe, and their national actions. These responses were justifiable, or so many Americans at the time believed.
They used nuclear weapons to fight with in the Cold War such as the AN-22 gravity bomb and ASMP attack missile. At the end of the war both of the counties lost the United States and the Soviet Union. One reason the Cold War started was because the United States policy threatened the Soviet Union. After WWII, Both countries the United States and the Soviet Union were known as superpowers which means both superpowers never declare war on each other. Both superpowers had very different fundamental political and economic systems.
And lastly, implosion of the Soviet Union. It involved two powerful men with opposing political beliefs, two leaders struggling to protect their countries. Weapons of mass destruction causing a nuclear standoff all resulting in the end of the Cold War. The leadership of Mikel Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan and their willingness to cooperate through reforms, negotiations, and policies, propels the Soviet Union and the United States forward into a mutual agreement to end the Cold War and to bring peace among their nations, but there would be many adversity’s and competitive obstructions in the way before a compromise would come to pass; from the “Space Race” to nuclear weapons such as the ballistic missiles. “The policy of mutually assured destruction (MAD), [was] where a nuclear first strike by one side would be met by massive retaliation.” Reagan, however, did not take favor the idea of mutually assured
Due to the mutually assured destruction (M.A.D) of the two nuclear powers; the Soviet Union and the West only engaged in proxy wars with satellite states. A great example of this is the Vietnam War of 1955 to 1975, which was considered a battle of the Cold War based on the Domino Theory (The domino theory was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s, that speculated