Consequences After The End of World War II Essay

The end of World War II raised the problem of the emergence of the new confrontation between the former allies, more specifically between the US and its allies, on the one hand, and the Soviet Union, on the other. There was a deep sense of mistrust between the former allies, while the USSR relied heavily on the force in the implementation of its both domestic and foreign policy. The growing confrontation between the USSR and the US emerged from the deep-rooted sense of insecurity of Russians and Russian policy makers. Historically, Russians feared the threat of invasion or losing control over their territory. The Communist regime established in the USSR after the revolution of 1917 maintained that fear, especially after the intervention of Western states in an attempt to restore the monarchy in Russia. Stalin continued that policy and made the sense of insecurity one of the major drivers to suppress any democratic liberties and rights and make his power absolute. In this regard, World War II facilitated the enhancement of his dictatorship as people witnessed the direct threat from neighboring and western states to the Soviet independence. As a result, Stalin exploited and multiplied that fear to enhance his power and to conduct aggressive foreign policy, which he explained and justified by the sheer desire of securing the Soviet Union.

The Cold War emerged shortly after the end of World War II. In 1946, W. Churchill declared that there was the iron curtain in the world separating the democratic world from the new tyranny, which was the USSR headed by J. Stalin. Stalin established the dictatorship regime in the USSR and expanded the impact of the USSR on Eastern Europe. World War II facilitated the expansion of the Soviet impact in Eastern and central Europe. In this regard, the liberation of Eastern and Central Europe by the USSR turned out in a virtually new occupation. At any rate, the USSR established puppet governments in liberated European states and used repressions against any opponent of communist regimes established in Eastern and Central Europe. By the late 1940s, the divide between democratic nations and those controlled by the USSR, where communist, pro-Soviet regimes were established, became obvious.

The loss of China and the beginning of the Korean War marked the loss of initiative by the US and its allies, while the USSR and Communist states have taken the lead and become the major threat to the democracy in the world as well as the threat to national interests of the US because there was the direct threat of the replacement of a democracy in virtually any country by a dictatorship, communist regime. The late 1940s – early 1950s marked the rise of Communism in the world. Unlike the post-World War II world, when the USSR brought Communism to Eastern and Central Europe in the course of its ‘liberation’ from the Nazi occupation, the world experienced the fast and extensive rise of Communism in Asia and emergence of Communist movements worldwide. The US and its allies as well as the public opinion perceived the rise of Communism in Asia and its success in China became unexpected for the democratic world. The public perceived the establishment of the Communist regime in China as the loss of the US foreign policy, while the Korean War became the obvious sign that marked the loss of initiative by the US and the USSR taking the lead in the Cold War. As a result, the US and American public became aware of the growing impact of the USSR as the major conspirator in the world, although sometimes such perception of the Soviet Union was exaggerated in light of its inability to control some of Communist states, such as China, for example.

 

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