Mccarthyism: The Cold War

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After WW2 tensions between the United State and the Soviet Union tightened resulting in what is known as the Cold War. Although the seeds of this rivalry were planted nearly a quarter of a century before its actual commencement with the Revolution of 1918 in Russia, the tension was also driven through occasions such as the Yalta Conference and resulted in proxy wars throughout the world and a Second Red scare in America. This period was full of tension and fear that the United States and the USSR would destroy each other and the world with their arsenals of atomic weapons. During the Yalta conference the US, Russia, Britain and France agreed on the splitting of central Europe. This Split ultimately divided Europe into two spheres of influence.…show more content…
Ultimately American fear allowed for the creation of McCarthyism, which was an intense effort to root out Communists from every corner of society by any means necessary. McCarthyism influenced hatred of communism and of the Soviet Union by proposing that communist spies had infiltrated the United States government. Fear of communism in America led to an extreme distrust of all Communist countries across the globe. In fact the fear and hatred of Communism McCarthy sent across the nation was so strong, it droves America into many proxy wars against the Soviet influence. Korea, China, and Vietnam all encountered conflict with Americans during the Cold War. The Cold War was a period of East-West competition, tension, and conflict short of full-scale war. It had many causes and was influenced by many events, including both the Yalta Conference and the spread of McCarthyism. Tensions between Democracy and Communism were so bad that in East Asia the U.S did not even recognize the People's Republic of China until Nixon became president. Because of the nuclear technology of the time, the Cold War could have drastically changed the face of the
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