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The Doomed Empire Ussr (Soviet Union)

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quickly done night before satiafactoryThe Doomed EmpireIntroduction: The 1940's and the next four decades after, were a time of bitterstruggle between the US and the Soviet Union. National identity as well as ideologicaldifferences brought both countries to the brink of nuclear war, a revolutionary style ofwarfare causing the most disastrous demographic disaster known to man. There arenumerous speculations on who actually started the war. It can be argued both ways thatboth the US and the USSR acted offensively towards each other. But the only real fact isthat "one represented an open democracy and the other a closed totalitarian system" andboth were the only real superpowers left standing ...view middle of the document...

But I am not writing to debate whethercommunism can or can not work but that America/Democracy did not really beatRussia/Communism in the Cold War. Russia/Communism destroyed itself. Russiablotched the job. How? By instead of striving to build the country's economic muscleand develop mutually beneficial relationships with neighboring countries thereforeacquiring the otherwise unavailable scarcities, Russia chose to attempt building an empirethroughout Europe and Asia based on the ideological concept of Communism and bycompeting with the United States in an arms race it could not support.Directly after WWII, Stalin set Russia up under a Communistic regime. Havingsuffered the greatest casualties during WWII, it would seem common judgment thatRussia's focus be more on domestic rehabilitation than international affairs. On the sameside the fact that Stalin set up a Communistic government would also lean in favor thatRussia must strengthen itself before turning to international affairs. As stated earlier TheCommunist form of Government is similar to that of a car with a standard transmission. Inorder to drive the car one must be able to shift the gears accordingly. Stalin does notfocus on the domestic issues fronting his Country and in no way shifts the gears ofRussia's economy. In 1948 Stalin begins to struggle with Yugoslavia's leader Tito withthe argument Tito's version of Communism did not match the Soviets.1 Also in 1948,Stalin used military force to destroy the democratic nation of Czechoslovakia and reinstateSoviet Communism.2 Much of Europe was already in such shambles from the effects ofWWII that the only hope was seen in the United States, furthermore whether it beCommunism or Democracy did not matter as much as simply getting moving. It was notuntil 1949 when Stalin ordered the block around West Germany in order to obtain theentire city, that the US stepped in.3 The United States rolled Russia back and the ColdWar began.Stalin still avoided dealing with his Country's domestic problems such as theeconomy, and issues of human rights, decided if he could not expand his weak deceitfulempire throughout Europe then maybe Asia would be a good place to try. Throughoutthe 1950's Russia aided in developing Soviet communism throughout China, Korea,Vietnam, and smaller third World Countries such as Indonesia, India, Egypt, And Syria.1Whether by force of influence Russia...

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