Contemporary History

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June 19, 2011
DeVry University

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein

The Cold War probably one of the most memorable wars to date because of the lack of actual fighting. The Cold War last from 1946 to 1991 when it was finally ended. It was a battle of power with no actual war between the USA and USSR. Yes, there were wars of democracy against communism in such countries of Korean and Vietnam but it wasn’t direct fighting of the two super powers. The Cold War can teach the current world leaders such a significant amount of knowledge. On how such wars are futile and honestly useless because it solves nothing and only frightens the whole world in fear of a nuclear war.
The Cold War was started right after World War II when the Allies in World War II alliance fell apart. The reason this powerful alliance fell apart is simple. Stalin believed that the delay of D-Day was Britain and the USA’s attempt to weaken the Soviet Union, along with the fact that Stalin and Churchill argued over how much control Stalin would get over the countries of Eastern Europe. These factors contributed to the start of the Cold War right after World War II.
The Cold War was not really a war like previous wars it was a threat from both sides of nuclear war. Both sides had nukes and both were willing to use them in the event of an attack. The Cold War was a war of words and nothing more really. Both sides had ideas and thoughts of what the other might do but no one really knew. It was really just a Mexican standoff between two of the worlds super power nations.
Stalin was a ruthless leader of the Soviet Union he was extremely paranoid and was the second ruler after the revolution in Russia. He killed numerous generals and high ranking officials along with killing millions of…...

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