Opposite Ways, Same Issue

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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Sam Hurley
History Engages the Public
Dr. Katherine Antonova
10 November 2018
Opposite Ways, Same Issue

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 For Karl Marx, his philosophy on how society should be organized was his way of a revolution. As a German philosopher and a supporter of the people, he believed in self-structure and people owning as a community. When he invented communism as an economist in 1848 with Friedrich Engels, his plan was to insert more equality in society. He wrote the Communist Manifesto as a rule book and guideline for society. It also provided the reason to why there were struggles in society with class and economies or as he said capitalism. His idea of a well-oiled society is when everyone shared the benefits of labor equally. By that equality, the issue of the class would be eliminated through the circulation of income.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Soviet Union took Marx’s philosophy and found a way to use it for their governing body. The main issue with Marxism or communism is based upon the population of the society. The theories with Karl Marx philosophy can work if it is a small communal scale. By the time the First World War ended and the Russian Revolution took effect in March 1917—tearing down the Tsarist and putting in place a new government, Russia saw communism as the golden government. It is fair to think a society that was run by a family and an elite group of people would want everyone to be equally benefiting from the government and society.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 As World War 2 was fought within all of Europe, the Soviet Union had an “agreement” with Germany that they were not going to be attacked. As that “agreement” change and the Germans renege Russia joined the War and later on The United States joined in the War efforts after an attack on Pearl Harbor. The War went on and coming from the West the United States with Great Britain and France assistance attacked Germany while influencing the societies along the way. Coming from the East the Soviet Union under Stalin rule also attacked Germany influencing all Eastern European countries along the way. The War ended and democracy filled the airs of the West while communism roamed through every Eastern European country.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The geopolitical threats and tension after WWII from the Soviet Union with its satellite states and the United States with its allies started the Cold War. The US did not like how Stalin oversaw many Eastern European countries as well as the many deaths of the Russians. Stalin did not appreciate the disdain by the US in recognizing the Soviet Union in the international community. WWII they appeared to be supportive of one another, but the need to work together to dismantle a mutual enemy was more important than the issues the US and Soviet held at one another.
The history of people involved in society has been used for political gain in opposite ways over the same issues of a safe, peaceful, equal, and free society. The idea of a better life for mankind has always been presented as the forefront in any political campaign or revolution. American government no different from the Soviet Unions was built from a revolution and civil war fought on the premises of the rights of the citizens of the country. In both cases, the American government and the Soviet Union was seeking the best economy efficient government with freedoms that with keep society from revolting again.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view during the Cold War depicted America as evil to eastern European nations and the Soviet Union as immoral to America. The propaganda used during what many remember as the Red Scare and Cold War affected both governments and the actions they took. One famous propaganda came in the form of a short film called Duck and Cover: Bert the Turtle, 1951. After the United States used their nuclear bomb to end WWII, the Soviet Union begin building their own version of the bomb and tested it in 1949. To keep Americans aware of if there was imminent danger those would be the tactics used for protection.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Propaganda had a huge impact on the America public during WWII in getting women to join the workforce while the ‘men’ were off to war. That same method was used effectively to put fear in people minds during the cold war. America became so overwhelmingly afraid of the idea of communism that people like Joseph McCarthy invested their life in bringing down all associates and connections with it. From the Russian side, it was the same approach against America. There was a presumption America wanted to rule all capitalism, trade, military powers and to allow them in one’s country meant a future overthrow of power.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 History has been used politically in opposite ways over the same issue. America ideals towards Russia during the Cold War brought fear to the American public that there was always a threat of destruction. Russian intelligence saw America as wanting to control and have influence in everything. Both countries, however, wanted the safety of their people along with a strong economy. Both democracy and Karl Marx’s communism would have provided that safety and economy, but the problems that laid over from WWII blinded those possibilities. That, in turn, created a geopolitical peril between two world powers—creating a state of political antagonism branded with propaganda, short open warfare, and intimidation for further actions.


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