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AP: Brrr It's Chilly in Here
Transcript of AP: Brrr It's Chilly in Here
Nato vs Warsaw Pact
-America intervenes in Korea (1950s), Vietnam (1960s-70s), attempting to stop communism. Fails. We also overthrow democratically elected governments in Latin America + Iran.
-Soviet Union intervenes in Afghanistan in 1980s to protect communist party against Muslims. Fails.
-Cuban Missile Crises (1962) almost blows everyone up.
Oh No Nukes
-Americans get nukes in 1945, Soviets in 1949.
-Ironically, this is the reason we never went to war
-Constant threat of thermonuclear annihilation.
-Cold War causes increased power of Federal Government (stronger presidency, intelligence agencies)
-"Military Industrial Complex"
-Good position after WWII leads to massive production economy. (50% of world trade in 1950s).
-Stalin dies in 1953, leading to a crises. Nikita Kruschev takes over and stalls purges.
-Soviet invasions of East. European countries to crush revolts make many question communism.
-Alliance with Mao's China falls apart over Cuban Missile Crises.
Death of Stalin Trailer (Clean)
American Cultural Dominance
-American brands, film, music, etc spread throughout world
-The obvious nature of American wealth lead many to question communism, forms a sort of antivirus
-Huge black market in Soviet Union for American goods
“The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.” ― Carl Sagan