Western History The cold war is the time when there was an invisible wall between the communist bloc and the United States and its allies.
The cold war affected the political, economic and social development of the Western society in such a way that economic innovation and revolutionary political movements changes all citizens in the world. Besides, the major resources of the communist bloc involving Cuba, China and the Soviet Union played a very relevant role in the decolonization process worldwide (Suri, 2006, p. 354). Far from imperialistic approach, the aforementioned countries created an intensive friendly relation with other countries by means of sharing influences in terms of manpower, raw materials and economic aid (Suri, 2006, p.
354). In the year 1950s and 1960s, the emergence of the third world countries paved a way to consider the difficulties in domestic reconstruction programs. In other words, the cold war affected the Western Society in such a way that communist expansion in the third world prevented the Soviet Union, Cuba and China to repair its economic, political and social conditions. However, the communist expansion in backward countries also paved the way for the communist bloc to compete in terms of economics with the United States of America and its allies. In addition, the apparent competition between capitalistic and communist influences inspired the existence of revolutionary political movements (Suri, 2006, p. 1).
In a nutshell, American and Soviet influences radicalized all people in the world. Essentially, the concept of justice and freedom that molded the Cold War era turned the realties of dependence and repression into illegitimate experiences in myriad societies. As such, global awakening is dominant in many countries due to the introduction of modernization as the pathway to economic and political freedom.
ReferencesSuri, J. 2006. LSE Website. The Cold War, Decolonization, and Global Social Awakenings: Historical Intersections.
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