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THE PERIOD OF BENEFICIAL CONFLICT

WORLD HISTORY II 4

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After the Second World War, there was the formationof two blocs theeastern and the western bloc. The US and its North AtlanticTreaty Organization (NATO) allies constituted the Westernand the Soviet Union, andits satellite states formed the Eastern bloc (&quotThe ColdWar, Globalization, and the Effect on theFirst World Economies | Washington State University,&quot2016). The two sides engaged in a rift that did not involve a directbattle but resulted in proxy wars. The moment was the height of thecold war and led to an increase inglobalization. This period saw many changes in the way of life of thepeople, and the involved nationsand its effects shall be felt even by the posterity.

The rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union intensified,but it eventually benefited some countriesand its people economically. The US financed countries like Japan andSouth Korea thus improving the lives of their citizens. The cold warhastened globalization because the two blocs wanted to finance theirallies who would help weaken the opponent. As a result, there wereinnovations and economic development. People focused on economicreorganization and achieving global dominance as the US did. It wasfighting the spread of communism. They valued and believed in thenational strength. This is the reason theUSSR and the US are always at loggerheads, even currently (&quotTheCold War, Globalization, and the Effect onthe First World Economies | Washington State University,&quot2016).

The major regions that saw the changes included Western Europe,Eastern Europe, Asia and third world countries in Africa (&quotTheCold War, Globalization, and the Effect onthe First World Economies | Washington State University,&quot2016). The US wanted to control the purchase of materials fromAfrica, and it managed to grow thecontinent. The USSR also needed to counter the US by engaging in morebusiness, and the effect trickled down tothe third world nations.

This period presented major impacts on human history (&quotThe ColdWar, Globalization, and the Effect on theFirst World Economies | Washington State University,&quot2016). First, it developed the economies, thus improving the livingconditions of the people. Again, it enhanced technologicaladvancement due to innovation. Additionally, the cold war fasttracked the process of globalization. The coming eras shall have toendure with the rift that the world hasbeen subjected to as far as the US and Russia are concerned. Today,the world still sees a conflict of operations based on the previousexperiences. For instance, Russia invaded the Crimean,and it is also supporting PresidentAl-Assad of Syria. The US is against thesemoves. Thus, the rift isstill maintained, and the world is feeling that heat (&quotTheCold War, Globalization, and the Effect onthe First World Economies | Washington State University,&quot2016).

In conclusion, the period of beneficial conflict has seensignificant changes in the way of life ofthe people and the global economy. It ismarked by the cold war, and an increasein globalization. The current and future generations will endure theeffects of the conflict. Thus, it is a long time tragedy and blessingat the same time.

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The Cold War,Globalization and the Effect on the First World Economies |Washington State University.(2016).&nbspHistory105.libraries.wsu.edu.Retrieved 27 November 2016, fromhttps://history105.libraries.wsu.edu/fall2014/2014/08/29/how-did-the-cold-war-effect-the-global-economy/