Cold War Constructivist View In 'The Fifties'

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January 5, 2011 Cold War Constructivist View During the end of World War II, areas of frustration were still being shown as a new war had been presenting its face on the other side of the world. As a war between the two superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union began, neighboring countries showed fear of a possible world war. From 1945 to 1991 this war known as the Cold War, put millions in fear for their lives. As a result of fears that many had during the first and second world wars, many became afraid of the continuation. Along with fears of the past came the difference of politics as the Soviet Union, also known as the USSR was a communist country and the United States was a capitalist society. These two nations became very dominant over each other and chose to start a nuclear arms race that would make both countries continue to fight in a form of competition. Unlike other countries, America made a decision to remain allies with the Soviet Union. This decision is one that haunted them for the next 46 years. David Halberstam, in “The Fifties” speaks strongly about the drastic changes that our society dealt with as a result of these hard times, and the ways in which the average individual worked with struggles in society. In his story he speaks strongly about the individuals who were important to our nation, such…show more content…
In Halberstam’s book, the reader can see that the changes were beneficial to some and frustrating to others. It can be clearly seen that as a result of how the governments used their military powers and economic powers, the citizens went through fear and established a sense of structure to dealing with nationwide threats. Russian competition pushed the U.S. toward improvements in technology, military, science, and education. These two superpowers both drove each other for improvement in many areas of
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