WORLD WAR II AND COLD WAR 4
The World War II and the cold war was a significant time for theUnited States. The two wars changed how America is regarded in therest of the world and its roles in the globe. Prior to World War II,America was just a normal country equal to the others both militarilyand politically (Henretta & Edwards, 2012). However, after thewar, America had taken it position for as the most powerful countryboth politically and militarily across the world.
During the cold war, America extended financial aid toanti-communist European countries, which would in turn buy productsfrom America. This helped America in becoming the superpower in theglobe economically. It was due to the cold war that America investedheavily in nuclear power (Henretta & Edwards, 2012). As aconsequence, America has since become the most powerful country interms of weapons. During the cold war, it was also apparent thatAmerica became the main country across the globe that championeddemocracy and human rights. It is since then that America hasremained as one of the main countries that champion for human rightsfor all people.
Prior to the cold war, America was regarded as a religious andconservative country that protected nation states. However, after thecold war, America’s role as a protector of nation states changedand it became a champion of revolutions and the main sponsor. Thiswas a role that was largely played by Russia prior to the cold war.America has so far become the main champion of regime change andrevolution (Henretta & Edwards, 2012). This has been seen in itsforeign policy where it interferes if it assesses and terms theregime of a country as totalitarian or no-democratic. This foreignpolicy has largely been manifest in the Middle East.
It is therefore clear that the role of the United States in theglobal view changed extensively as a result of the world war and thecold war. America woken up from the silent, religious country that itwas, and rose to become the world superpower. Its foreign policy inadvocating for democracy and human rights has had tremendousinfluence on a majority of countries across the world.
Henretta, J. A., & Edwards, R. (2012). America: A ConciseHistory. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin`s.