The strong feelings of nationalism overwhelmed Canadians, and we took pride in securing our identity as the hockey nation by defeating the Soviets. The ’72 Summit Series was a best-of-eight hockey series between Canada and the Soviets. Pierre Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister at the time, hoped the series would ease Canada’s identity and unity issues which had overshadowed our countries politics. Trudeau and the Soviets’ leader, Leonid Brezhnev, also believed the hockey series would be an excellent opportunity to mend relations between the countries, since the match took place during the Cold War, a time where tensions were high between the two nations due to their different political styles. While the series originated in hopes of relieving the strained relationship between the two countries, in the players’ opinions it began a whole new war.
Adolf Hitler was arguably one the most famous leaders in modern times. Hitler’s rise to power has been vastly documented on throughout history either through his oratory skills or his autobiography, Mein Kampf. Successes in Hitler’s reign were that was able to united Germany and Austria and extend the German territory into Eastern Europe. Failures include losing the most notable war in modern history and Operation Barbarossa. As a ruler, Adolf Hitler of the Nazi party had numerous successes but he also had he fair share of failures.
Ultimately, the team that scores the most goals in the allotted amount of time wins the game. As the sport became more and more popular different leagues sprouted up across the globe, but the National Hockey League, or NHL, has become the most prestigious of leagues and attracts players from all over the world. The NHL was organized in 1917 in Montreal, Canada during World War 1. Since then, the sport has been on an incline in popularity due to its fast paced play and lenient rules towards fouling the other team. This sufficed for the true hockey fans that loved to watch the game for what it is, but to bring in more spectators, the league implemented new versions of the rules to make the game more exciting to the viewers.
And most importantly, the economy of the Soviet Union was in ruins after the U.S.S.R had chose to spend massive amounts of money on wars and the arms race. The world saw many of the U.S.S.R's failures in Afghanistan and took immediate advantage of it. Although there could be many reasons behind the U.S.S.R invading Afghanistan, it was officially to support the government of Afghanistan against the Islamic Mujahideen Resistance. The Mujahideen were being supported by the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, and the Pakistan government and obviously the U.S.S.R would be conflicted. When the war started off, U.S.S.R didn't expect it to be a decade-long war.
In his final year of peewee hockey he scored an improbable 378 goals. By the time Wayne was a teenager he was making waves across Canada with his play. At the age of 15 he started playing for the Peterborough Pete’s of the Ontario Hockey Association, where his dominance continued. Wayne’s future status as an NHL star was furthered at the 1978 World Junior Championships in Quebec City, where Wayne played for his home country and led the entire tournament in scoring. Wayne Gretzky was eager to turn professional but barred from leaping to the NHL because of the league's age restrictions, Gretzky signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the fledgling World Hockey Association
Mark Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year. In the 1984-85 season, the Oilers once again won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Flyers in 5 games. In the 1985-86 season, the Oilers made it all the way to the Conference Finals and faced against a rival the Calgary Flames. To try and stop the skill of the Oilers, the
This increased year upon year allowing Stalin to have increasing control over the important discussions. Party members failed to recognise the extent of his control until it was too late. Even though Trotsky had the position of the Head of the Red Army, this position held little power because many of the members of the army were not members of the party and therefore could not attend Party Congress to support Trotsky. This position, also, made party members feel threatened. Bukharin’s position in the media allowed him to shape opinions and Zinoviev’s and Kamenev’s positions gave them support from the largest sections of the communist party.
Why, despite the disasters of 1941, was Soviet Russia able to defeat Nazi Germany by 1945? Despite many of the problems Soviet Russia initially faced when joining World War Two in 1939- such as a lack of high quality weaponry and equipment, poor economy and lack of knowledgeable officers due to the extensive purges under The Great Terror- they were able to quickly overcome them and emerge victorious against Nazi Germany in 1945. The reason behind their changing fete came as a result of a culmination of key factors including: Stalin’s leadership; the sheer patriotism and strength of the Russian people; the alliances they, begrudgingly, made; as well as fatal German mistakes. One of the factors behind this victory, which can be deemed as the least influential, was the German mistakes. Despite Hitler’s wealth of well put together weaponry, well trained and seemingly invincible army and a seemingly tactical mind-set (which made him at first so fearful and successful) he eventually made some vital errors which led to the Nazi demise.
He was very resistant to communism, and began manipulating the U.S.S.R. economy through sabotage (The Associated Press, The Collapse of the Soviet Union). Reagan was able to push the Soviet Union into debt by selling them fake military secrets like a “laser missile” (The Associated Press, The Collapse of the Soviet Union). He was also able to scare the U.S.S.R. into debt by introducing the Special Defense Initiative, or SDI, where in the Soviet’s eyes was a working missile shield (The Associated Press, The Collapse of the Soviet Union). The Soviet Union began to spend more money than they were acquiring. Competition of the United States was causing the Soviets to spend a lot of money (Miller, The U.S.S.R. in 1991).
Soviet and US relations changed dramatically between 1945 and 1947, there were many reasons to explain why and how this happened. Firstly, one reason was the end of WW2. During the Second World War, America and the USSR were members of the Grand Alliance in order to oppose Hitler, but when this war finished there was nothing to bring the Communists and Capitalists together. Therefore, the two countries went from allies to progressing enemies after Germany was defeated. This developed until a confrontation, from Western and Eastern Europe, in a nuclear arms race.