DAC The Cold War United States and Soviet Union Avoiding Conflict Discussion

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The Cold War is often described as the decades-long struggle between the United States and

Soviet Union that managed to avoid breaking out into open armed conflict. While partially true, 

some have argued that in fact many of the fiercest battles between these two powers were carried 

out through proxy wars in the Third World. Use three examples from the post-war period to 

either support or reject this assertion. 

Trace the history of genocide (as we've covered it) from the beginning of the 20th century up to 

the present. 

Some might argue that since the British Empire, the world has been growing into a smaller, more 

tightly connected community of nations. Do you agree or disagree with this idea? What evidence 

do you have for you position? Construct an argument that lays out your point of view. 

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History - Outline

The cold war
A. Cuban missile crisis (1962)
B. The Cuban revolution (1953)
C. The Vietnam War (1955-1975)


20th century genocides
British Empire and globalization
A. Colonization
B. Cultural exchange
C. Technology exchange

Running head: HISTORY




The Cold War

The US and the USSR indeed fought the cold war for long and managed to involve direct
armed conflicts between the two nations. The war was mainly characterized by unarmed conflict
between the countries and weapons that they used against each other included propaganda to
dirty each other’s’ names and political tensions as well as economic sanctions. The major
countries in the war also involved their allies in creating the strains that divided the world into
two main parts (Gleditsch et al., 2002). However, apart from the unarmed conflict between the
US and the USSR, the nations participated in wars in the third world countries and other nations
that led to the loss of lives and therefore, claiming that the cold war did not involve armed
conflict is inaccurate. Three very important armed conflicts that the US and the USSR
participated in include the Cuban missile crisis (1962), the Cuban revolution (1953) and the
Vietnam War (1955-1975).
The Cuban missile crisis did not reach a full-blown war. However, it involved tensions
between the US and the USSR in Cuba after the USSR and Cuba agreed that the USSR would
place nuclear missile launchers in Cuba, an island that is close to the US and Americans saw it as
a threat (Gleditsch et al., 2002). Therefore, the A...

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