Cold War Ideologies
Professor: Catherine Herdman
July 31, 2011
Ideologies’ of the Cold war, was is communism, or was it capitalism. The Cold war was brought about during a time when Communism was high and Capitalism was low. Before the start of WWII Britain was the leader in the way thing ran dealing from politics to economics, even in the military. After the war, there were two new powers, USA and USSR. This was a good and bad thing, good because it made Britain no longer the lead in such areas, bad because USSR and USA are enemies.
When the USA took the lead in raising the standard of living, Russia retaliated and mobilized economic industrialization. This was in turn a good thing for the USA because in retaliation of the way USSR reacted, they themselves boosted economic output. This battle eventually trickled over into the military area. From there it went as two children fighting, almost saying “My gun is bigger than yours.”
Eventually, USA got smart. They decided to develop a defense system called the GDI (Global Defense Initiative). The GDI was basically the thought of a laser. The reason for such a tough time economically, was due to the fact that the government was putting large amounts of funding towards the GDI, forcing basically the civilian to fend for themselves. It all finally ended when Russia realized that they were not able to fund a similar project and thus conceded that USA would be better to have such a weapon as long as there was a way to not have the USA uses it against USSR. Thus the Salt treaty was born.
During this time period it became a belief that communism was something that was going on internationally and not just in the US and it had to be stopped. This was done, though harshly, with items such as the Marshall Plan, and The Truman Doctrine. These were created as a way to aid other countries from falling to the terror of communism, or so thought the USA. Communism was a disease that needed to be...