Discussion: Globalization and Internationalism After the Cold War
The term allies, when used to describe the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), should be used loosely. As the week’s reading notes, the bond formed by these two superpowers in World War II was out of the mere necessity to come together to combat a common enemy. Even though the Cold War found these two nations in disagreement politically, culturally, and ideologically, and put these superpowers on brink of a nuclear war, the post–Cold War era was a critical time for globalization and internationalism.
Within this Discussion you will draw from this week’s readings. In doing so, you will share evidence that you uncover in your reading, which supports the belief that globalization and internationalism developed during the postwar period.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the Lukacs reading and the Truman Doctrine speech in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Examine the Truman Doctrine speech in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Read the Marshall Plan in this week’s Learning Resources and consider if it signaled the beginning of a global economy.
- Contemplate how the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War sparked globalization. Did the aid the United States offered (e.g., in Truman’s Marshall Plan) signal the beginning of the formation of a well-integrated global economy? Did the new ideas that nations were forming spark globalization?
- Consider the polarization of politics during the Cold War. How is it possible that globalization and internationalism could develop after this?
With these thoughts in mind:
By Day 3
Post by Day 3 evidence (2–3 paragraphs) to explain how globalization and the Cold War shaped international affairs during the postwar period.
Be sure to support your ideas by properly citing at least one of week’s Learning Resources, in APA format, within your initial post. As this is a post-first discussion board, you will not be able to see the work of your peers until you have posted the initial discussion requirement for the week.