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p. 11. World War II and the destruction of the old orderlocked

p. 11. World War II and the destruction of the old orderlocked

  • Robert McMahon


‘World War II and the destruction of the old order’ charts the Cold War's origins in the wake of the Second World War, and the conflicting ideologies held in Washington and Moscow. America emerged from the war as the most powerful nation on earth, with an increasingly powerful military industrial complex to maintain its position. US policy was motivated by the need to preserve global economic stability, which led to radical increases in arms spending. The Soviets were driven by a messianic faith in the power of Marxism–Leninism and the need to prevent another invasion from the West, leading them to establish the Eastern Bloc.

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