According to the first respondent, Cold War was the persisting state of dispute, confusions and threats. It took place between the end of World War two in the year 1945 and the beginning of fall of Berlin Wall in the year 1989. It involved the Soviet Union, the United States and their respective alliance. Several nations joined together to fight their common enemy. It majorly involved the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets, threatening, communism, propagandas, and competition in technology and space races. Technology competition was based on developing massive conventional and nuclear arms (James, 2012). Most governments focused on costly defense intelligences and projects. It resulted to mass tension and deterioration of different governments sectors.
According to the third interviewee, Cold war was a period of total depression and economy fall. Cold war was basically a contradiction that existed, between 1942 and 1988. It was majorly amongst the western countries in Eastern Europe that were in the north Atlantic treaty organization group and the Warsaw pact group. Most Warsaw pact group consisted of Russians and Cubans. The conflicts did not have physical violence to qualify to be a war. It was so named because it involved these groups threatening to nuke each other. This as mostly attributed to communism that had persisted for a long period of time. This put more countries in dangers of the aftermath of nuclear waste (Valerie, 2008). Nevertheless, upon assessing the long term consequences of nuclear war, all these conflicts and misunderstanding were resolved by critical and logic verbal communication
The definition Perceive and compliments cold war being a state or tensions as well as involvement and instigation by a major power states. States which even that did not participate in the war themselves. The respondents do not differ from this definition by far margins since the sense of fear, threats competitions that resulted to accumulativeness of tension is brought about. In all the three respondents’ definition and understanding of cold war obtained, there was no a state of real combat depicted (Arne, 2003). The third interviewee clearly stated that the conflicts and misunderstanding were resolved verbal communication only. As a result, the state of tension was extinguished and thence peace prevailed.
The respondents’ understanding of the Cold War is very similar to the way the Cold War is defined in this course. This is because in all the three understandings, as it is in the course description and definition, the major participants of the cold war are shown to be the Soviet Union and its allies verses the countries led by the United States (David, 2001). All these took place between the year 1945 and 1990, that is, following World War II. From the course description, communism democracy was one among the worst idea that fuelled more conflicts and disputes. United States and its Allies were in the efforts of curbing communism through the agency of containment and strategic alliances creation. They were trying to copy the way the Russians had firm control of Eastern Europe. As a result the U.S sent a many spies to disguise themselves as citizens of neighboring countries in order to collect and report intelligence regarding Communist regimes. This provoked and accelerated cold war between Communists and Westerners such as in Korea and Vietnam. All in the efforts to get headway position of control and advantages economically, scientifically, and technologically.
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