By Professor David S. Painter
The devastating US atomic bombing of the japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki not just introduced international struggle II to an finish, yet successfully gave beginning to the chilly warfare. The postwar international may thereafter be marked by means of the delicate dating of 2 superpowers with opposing ideologies: the us and the Soviet Union.
For forty-five years, those superpowers may vie for supremacy in international politics. The chilly battle, outlined by way of occasions comparable to the Cuban Missile quandary, turmoil within the 3rd global, and the fingers race, held the possibility of an apocalyptic disagreement which can have spelled doom for the human race. figuring out the chilly struggle, with all of its far-reaching, international implications, is de facto necessary to our figuring out of the historical past of the second one 1/2 the 20th century and beyond.
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These efforts proved successful, and in 1978 President Carter mediated a peace settlement between Egypt and Israel that provided for the return of the Sinai to Egypt and massive US economic and military assistance to Egypt. The loss of Egypt, the most populous and militarily most powerful Arab state, was a serious blow to the Soviets in a region of great strategic significance. At the time, however, this shift in the balance of power was masked by the oil crisis. The 1973 war led to an oil crisis in the West when the Arab members of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) cut back production and embargoed shipments to the United States and the Netherlands in retaliation for their support of Israel.
In addition, Chinese hostility to the West and Chinese support for wars of national liberation precluded a Sino-American alliance against the Soviets. Indeed, to many US policy makers, China seemed a more dangerous foe than the Soviet Union. Finally, the Korean War fueled the arms race between the United States and 29 the Soviet Union. In the United States, military spending tripled during the war and remained at historically high levels throughout the 1950s. Only a small part of this increase was directly related to the war in Korea.
Indeed, to many US policy makers, China seemed a more dangerous foe than the Soviet Union. Finally, the Korean War fueled the arms race between the United States and 29 the Soviet Union. In the United States, military spending tripled during the war and remained at historically high levels throughout the 1950s. Only a small part of this increase was directly related to the war in Korea. Most went to counter Soviet forces in Europe. US leaders believed that a rough balance of power in Europe, coupled with overall US strategic superiority would extend deterrence and preserve US freedom of action all over the world.
Cold war : on the brink of apocalypse by Professor David S. Painter