A history of the threat of communism during the cold war era

The ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation had a great impact on American domestic life as well. Soon, other anticommunist politicians, most notably Senator Joseph McCarthyexpanded this probe to include anyone who worked in the federal government.

Hysteria and Growing Conservatism Public concerns about communism were heightened by international events. Assuming the invasion had taken place with the knowledge and support of the Soviet Union and China, the United States responded forcefully.

The mainstream Communist Party was controlled for a period of about a week by non-Soviet aligned leaders. This trend was symbolized by the U.

History of communism

Start your free trial today. The following year saw the start of the Korean Warwhich engaged U. Councilism had a limited impact outside of Germany, but a number of international organisations formed.

Capitalism vs. Communism During the Cold War

The United States believed that the Soviet Union had agreed to a worldwide standoff, while the Soviets considered it their obligation to continue to support revolutions anywhere in the world against what they regarded as oppression. On March 21,President Harry S.

At first there was close cooperation with Stalin, who sent in technical experts to aid the industrialization process along the line of the Soviet model of the s. However, after the war the Soviet Union took control of several countries in Eastern Europe.

The ideologies, values, and comforts Americans were so proud of were under attack by communist nations, with Russia at the helm. People lose all rights to ownership and government officials become incredibly powerful.

Like many leaders of his generation, Reagan believed that the spread of communism anywhere threatened freedom everywhere.

Cold War History

East Germany merged into West Germany with Moscow's approval. The Soviets were resolved that Germany would never invade their country again. However, within a year of the first American H-bomb test, the Soviets exploded one of their own.

To coordinate their activities, the Comintern set up various international umbrella organizations linking groups across national borderssuch as the Young Communist International youthProfintern trade unions[44] Krestintern peasantsInternational Red Aid humanitarian aidSportintern organized sportsetc.

This included many executions, detaining prisoners without trial, and wide ranging censorship. In some cases, such as Italy, significant bodies of membership of the Social Democratic Party were inspired by the possibility of achieving advanced socialism.

Stalin took control of the Comintern, and introduced a policy in the international organisation of opposing all leftists who were not Marxists, labelling them to be "social-fascists", although many communists, such as Jules Humbert-Drozdisagreed with him on this policy, believing that the left should unite against the rise of right wing movements like fascism across Europe.

The information obtained by the FBI proved essential in high-profile legal cases, including the conviction of 12 prominent leaders of the American Communist Party on charges that they had advocated the overthrow of the government.

After a series of short-lived leaders, Michael Gorbachev came to power in the Kremlin and began a policy of glasnost and perestroika, designed to revive the stagnating Soviet economy. By the late s, with the development of MIRVs multiple independently targeted reentry vehiclesthe weapons race had provided each side with "overkill.

The FBI and its longtime director, J.

The Threat of Communism During the Cold War

In response, President Truman announced that the United States would build an even more destructive atomic weapon: Never having been declared, the Cold War did not end on a single agreed date, but it can reasonably be said that it ended with the creation of a united, independent Germany in Octoberthe most important issue of its origins.

Wikipedia As the Cold War waged on, Americans began to prepare for the possibility of nuclear war. Stalin supported China 's entry into the Korean warwhich drove the Americans back to the prewar boundaries, but which escalated tensions.

Soviets, in turn, were pictured as the ultimate villains, with their massive, relentless efforts to surpass America and prove the power of the communist system.

History of communism

In Germanythe Spartacist uprising took place inwhen armed communists supported rioting workers, but the government put the rebellion down violently with the use of a right-wing paramilitary group, the Freikorpswith many noted German communists, such as Rosa Luxemburgbeing killed.

Inthe Soviet Union successfully tested a nuclear bomb and communist forces led by Mao Zedong took control of China. In the Red Army, a majority of generals were executed and hundreds of thousands of other "enemies" were sent to the gulag[55] where terrible conditions in Siberia led quickly to death.

Under pressure from the negative publicity aimed at their studios, movie executives created blacklists that barred suspected radicals from employment; similar lists were also established in other industries. Inevery other communist state in the region replaced its government with a noncommunist one.

United States, which said that the free-speech rights of accused Communists could be restricted because their actions presented a clear and present danger to the government. McCarthy of Wisconsinbecame the person most closely associated with the anticommunist crusade—and with its excesses.

The latter had suffered somedeaths, almost all in the active military.This new Cold War is not all about communism taking over the world. It is more about returning to 19th century balance of power interests, borrowing the phrase John Kerry has used against Putin.

The Cold War was a state of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union with its satellite states (the Eastern Bloc), and the United States with its allies (the Western Bloc) after World War II.A common historiography of the conflict begins withthe year U.S.

diplomat George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram" from Moscow cemented a U.S. foreign policy of containment of Soviet expansionism. During this struggle, known as the Cold War, Americans perceived communism as a viable threat to their freedom.

This fear intensified into paranoia in the late s and early s. This so-called "Red Scare" led to compromises of civil liberties. The Cold War consumed almost half a century of global history; the end of World War II was only the beginning of this 45 year-long international crisis.

America’s defeat of Japan in marked the beginning of this turbulent era, which only ended upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in In the election, he charged that the Cold War was America's fault, and was principally the invention of U.S.

The Threat of Communism During the Cold War

military and corporate interests for the purpose of consolidating their power by exploiting a baseless fear. President during the Cold War and had to deal with the rising threat of communism Satellite Nations Communist nations in Eastern Europe under the USSR's control.

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