What was the Cold War?
It was an "era" after World War II that lasted from 1945 - 1990, where the United States and the USSR sought ideological and strategic influence throughout the world. The US was afraid of the Soviet's Communist ways spreading causing other countries to stop buying our industrial goods. Therefore, the Containment policy was created which goals where to:
- Block further expansion of Soviet power
- Expose the falseness of Soviet claims
- Induce a retraction of Kremlin's control and influence
- Foster the seeds of destruction within the Soviet system
Also, it gave us a growing awareness that the greatest existential threat to human beings is ourselves.
"Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up?" - William Faulkner