Civic leaders and employers feared a Soviet revolution was brewing and scrambled to break the strike. They formed the Citizens' Committee of 1,000 and hired 2,000 "specials" — a militia to replace striking police. The federal ministers of labour and justice travelled to Winnipeg to meet with the Citizens' Committee but refused to meet with strikers. On June 17, ten strike leaders were arrested under the legislation that had been quickly passed in Parliament for that purpose. Without their leadership, and with the violent intervention of the "specials" and the North-West Mounted Police, the Winnipeg General Strike came to a chaotic end after six weeks.
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.
Lenin was responsible for the Bolsheviks growing hold on power in the years 1917-24. He was responsible for changing strategy with the April thesis and the overthrow of the provisional government. This gained him popularity and support from the Russian populous. To strengthen power he dissolved the constituent assembly in 1918. His harsh policy of war communism and the use of the checka in the years of the civil war, removed opposition to his power.
The war was long and many lives were lost but the Canadians and the British still ended up winning the war. After the war had ended Canada’s relations with Britain had started to diminish, as the Canadians started to deal with the Americans. The Canadians wanted to expand its relations with other countries. The United States wanted to fight communism in Russia and Europe. To help the spread of communism throughout Europe, the United States setup a massive aid program
The war had created the division of two superpowers; The Soviet Union and The United States. After 1945, the United States had become the leading power due to it’s military strength and economic advantages after the war and Soviet Union play it’s role to challenge the state’s power (Young & Kent: 2) due to it’s ideology of communism and wanted to expand their influence globally, in which the United States wanted to prevent this from happening because their idea was absolutely conflicted with the Soviet Union; capitalism (Young & Kent: 6). These two countries reshaped Europe and the world. In contrast, World War II also weakened Britain’s and France’s powers because both of these countries faced a devastated loss by the war especially Britain. Likewise, both of the powers had to dismantle their colonies and ended their overseas and territorial empire.
However there were many other factors that contributed towards the Nazis rising to power, for example Propaganda, the weakness of the opposition and the role of Hitler. The Wall Street Crash was one of the main reasons that Hitler got into power. This started when the Treaty of Versailles was set, it caused a huge economic crisis in Germany, the Weimar government decided to print out more money as a solution to this, but this resulted in hyperinflation. The USA began to lend Germany lots of money – The Dawes Plan – for buildings such as schools, hospitals. Germany was beginning to rebuild herself.
Why Was the Berlin Blockade so Important? By early 1948 Stalin had control of most of Eastern Europe. The Americans responded to this by making the Western Europe wealthy and pro-American because they saw the Soviet Union as a threat and a weak Germany could be taken over by communism and a strong Germany could act as a buffer against communism. On the other hand Stalin thought that a strong Germany could repeat the invasions on 1914 and 1941 so he stripped them of all useful equipment and machinery. In 1947 Britain and France decided to join their zones together (Bizonia) and then a few months later France joined to make it (Trizonia).
The Marshall Aid plan also created worry in the USSR since it was revitalizing the German economy and it was the Germans who had twice invaded the USSR and caused great damage to it, especially Hitler’s regime, which had invaded less that five years ago and Russia was still recovering from the damage caused. There are also reasons which support the idea that Truman was not a large cause for the beginning of the Cold War. Stalin also committed actions which drove to the beginning of the Cold War. The first of these is the suggestion of a “sphere of influence” around the USSR, this suggested the expansion of Communism and gave way to west leaders fearing what was called the “Domino Theory” (if one country falls to communism, others will quickly fall in succession). The second was the Berlin Blockade, which strained relationships with the western world and isolated the USSR and other communist countries from the rest of the world in what was called the Iron Curtain.
In a year, the Soviet Union invaded and introduced communism to this country. In 1988, the Mujahedeen, aided by western powers, signed peace agreements, causing the Soviet Union to withdraw its troops. Within a year, all Soviets left, but a civil war ensued between the rebels- the Mujahedeen- and the government in power. In 1996, the Taliban seized control of the nation (“Afghanistan Profile” 2013). The Talibs were devout Muslims who “misused Islam and imposed strict rules” (Joya 36).
A 1936 British team captain commented on the cutthroat mentality of Nazi skiing competitors, who used any method possible to win and therefore show their superiority to other nations (Doc 3). However, as this Englishmans autobiography was published in the 1950s, his memory couldve been tainted by WWII, which soon followed the event. Similarly, an American athlete in 1952 felt that competition was especially intense with athletes from the Soviet