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Week 13- End of the Cold War

by: Austin McManus

Week 13- End of the Cold War HIST 370

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This week's notes examine the transforming cultural landscape of American society during the final years of the Cold War, from the end of Vietnam to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
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Date Created: 11/23/15
HIST 370 Notes Week 13 Final Years of the Cold War 19751991 A In uence of the Vietnam War on US Society 1970s1990s Civil disobedience as it coalesced with the Vietnam War was resisting the draft during the late 1960s and 1970s the generation eligible to fight who also were the hippie countercultural generation was quite admired for refusing to ght in an unpopular war A cultural shift appeared to occur during the 1980s going into the 1990s in which as the countercultural generation of the 1960s aged into respectable adults with families and jobs more and more people who served in Vietnam became comfortable with being open about as well as those who did not serve started to commemorate the lives lost and openly admire the surviving veterans of the con ict By the end of the 1980s paralleled with the rise of conservatism during the Reagan years 198189 and a multitude of other social and cultural factors American society had begun the memorializing process after nearly a decade of holding an antagonistic sentiment towards the Vietnam War and that spilling over to the men and women who served B Cold War in the 1980s From the fearcentered Cold War society in the US during the 1960s and 1970s there is somewhat of a shift by the mid1980s where less people fear the Soviet Union but rather more people viewed the economic strife and political turmoil going on in the USSR and were starting to foresee a future where the United States would be the sole world superpower As the collapse of the Soviet Union became more and more inevitable both the US government and the American people were increasingly tackling with the idea of being the only nation capable of fulltime global military intervention As unrest spread throughout Africa South America and the Middle East the fight against communism began to transcend any previously defined barriers in other words the government and military began dealing with nonSovietnon communist enemies in a military setting with anticommunist ideology still being the cornerstone of America s military strategy a problem that would build up animosity towards the United States especially in the Middle East during the 1990s C Nuclear Tensions PostCold War With the Cold War having depended on the mutual cooperation between the US and the USSR in preventing the nations respective nuclear arsenals from being activated the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its respective satellite republics in Eastern Europe would bring about a major issue for the United States and the world The threat of Soviet nuclear arsenals becoming lost into various developing nations in Africa the Middle East Eastern Europe and North Korea remains a potent threat to the United States and the world on today s geopolitical stage


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